Lockheed Martin’s first LM-100J commercial freighter has reached its major production assembly phase. The LM-100J’s wing construction taking place in Marietta is a first in 24 years as a derivative of the C-130 Hercules. Meanwhile, the Clarksburg facility in West Virginia is delivering panels alongside floor structure development in Meridian, Mississippi.
The aircraft is a civil-certified version of the C-130J Super Hercules that is currently the airlifter of choice. It is also an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft, designed to perform as a civil multi-purpose air freighter capable of rapid and efficient transport of cargo. Along with delivering bulk cargo to locations in the world, the aircraft will be capable of other operations as aerial firefighting and delivery, medevac/air ambulance, humanitarian aid and VIP transport.
It is expected to make its first flight in 2017, followed by FAA certification phase.