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Monday, February 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin Seeks Launch of LM-100J

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Lockheed Martin is seeking a product launch of the LM-100J, a type design update of the L-382J, which was the first civil-certified variant of the manufacturer's C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft. 
 
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The company produced more than 100 L-100s, the commercial variant of the first generation C-130J, at its Lockheed-Georgia Co., Marietta, Ga., facility between 1964 and 1992. Now, one of the company's largest defense manufacturers has submitted a program notification letter to the FAA for a type design update of the L-382J, marketed as the Lm-100J.
 
“The LM-100J is a natural expansion of the Super Hercules family. It is a modern answer to the existing, multi-tasked L-100 airlift fleet which, true to Hercules form, is a workhorse that has been a critical cargo asset for 40 years,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, C-130 Programs. “Our customers and legacy L-100 operators tell us that the best replacement for an L-100 is an advanced version of the same aircraft. The LM-100J is that aircraft.”
 
Lockheed's announcement of a modified commercial variant of the C-130J comes during a down time for sales of military aircraft, its primary specialization. Jack Crister, vice president of business development for air mobility, special operations and maritime programs at Lockheed said the LM-100J will be ready to "deliver freight and support critical civilian missions — anywhere, anytime," an indication that the company could be seeking to boost commercial sales amid large military spending cuts by the U.S.
 
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