Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ joint venture (JV) with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has achieved a milestone with the delivery of the 100th C-130J Super Hercules empennage.
The delivery was carried out from its manufacturing facility located in the Indian city of Hyderabad.
The JV is known as Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL). It was formed in 2010 and aims to further progress the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
TLMAL has a workforce of 500 and serves as the sole global source of C-130J empennage assemblies that are installed on Super Hercules aircraft produced at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta plant in Georgia, US.
TASL CEO and managing director Sukaran Singh said: “The JV has been a great example of successful US-India Industrial partnership and a testimony to Lockheed Martin’s and Tata’s intent of developing aerospace manufacturing in India.
“I congratulate the operations team that has ensured all deliveries ahead of schedule that will go a long way in extending our partnership to a new level with Lockheed Martin.”
The Hyderabad facility produces assemblies such as the Super Hercules aircraft’s horizontal and vertical stabilisers, as well as leading edges and tip assemblies.
It previously manufactured sets of C-130J centre wing box components. In May, TLMAL launched a 4,700m² metal-to-metal bonding facility.
Lockheed Martin international programmes for air mobility & maritime missions vice-president Karmyn Norwood said: “The C-130J has a global presence both in its operations, as well as within its core structure, as exemplified by its TLMAL-built empennage.
“I’ve been privileged to watch our TLMAL partnership grow significantly in terms of capability over the past few years. This growth is due, in large part, to the outstanding team that builds these empennages.”
C-130Js are designed to support search and rescue, peacekeeping, combat delivery, maritime patrol, special operations, aerial refuelling, medical evacuation and humanitarian response missions.
In addition to C-130Js, TLMAL empennages are included in the LM-100J, the commercial variant of the Super Hercules.