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C-130J empennage milestone

21st September 2016 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures (TLMAL) has delivered the 50th C-130J Super Hercules empennage assembly to the production line, Lockheed Martin announced on 19 September.

TLMAL is a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems and Lockheed Martin Aeroframe based in Hyderabad, India.

Empennage assemblies produced by TLMAL include the aircraft’s vertical and horizontal stabilisers as well as leading edges and tip assemblies. TLMAL is the single global source of C-130J empennage assemblies included on all new Super Hercules aircraft produced in Marietta, Georgia in the US.

TLMAL has also manufactured 28 sets of C-130J centre wing box components that include the front and rear beam assemblies, formers and trailing edge sections.

George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility and Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin, said: 'As the world’s workhorse, the C-130J Super Hercules is counted on to support missions other airlifters simply cannot do. Quality and reliability are the C-130J’s hallmark and we rely on our suppliers to maintain those attributes. The TLMAL team does exactly this with the empennages and centre wing components it manufactures.'

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