Tata-Lock­heed Martin Joint Ven­ture De­liv­ers 50th C-130J Su­per Her­cules Em­pen­nage

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HY­DER­ABAD. The 50th C-130J Su­per Her­cules em­pen­nage as­sem­bly was de­liv­ered by Tata Lock­heed Martin Aerostruc­tures Lim­ited ( TLMAL) Septem­ber 16. TLMAL is a joint ven­ture be­tween Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lim­ited (TASL) and Lock­heed Martin Aeroframe Cor­po­ra­tion.

TLMAL was es­tab­lished in 2010 in Hy­der­abad, with pro­duc­tion of C-130J Su­per Her­cules air­frame com­po­nents be­gin­ning in late 2011. TLMAL not only ex­em­pli­fies the Govern­ment of In­dia’s “Make in In­dia” ob­jec­tives, but it has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the sin­gle global source of C-130J em­pen­nage as­sem­blies in­cluded on all new Su­per Her­cules air­craft pro­duced in Ma­ri­etta, Ge­or­gia, in the United States of Amer­ica.

Em­pen­nage as­sem­blies pro­duced by TLMAL in­clude the air­craft’s hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal stabilizers along with lead­ing edges and tip as­sem­blies. The TLMAL team also has man­u­fac­tured 28 sets of C-130J cen­tre wing box com­po­nents that in­clude the front and rear beam as­sem­blies, for­m­ers and trail­ing edge sec­tions.

“It is a mo­ment of great pride and hon­our for TLMAL, our joint ven­ture with Lock­heed Martin, as it de­liv­ers the 50th em­pen­nage. The joint ven­ture 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,” said S Ra­mado­rai, TASL chair­man. “I con­grat­u­late the Op­er­a­tions team that has en­sured all de­liv­er­ies ahead of sched­ule to our cus­tomer and part­ner. I am cer­tain that this per­for­mance will go a long way in ex­tend­ing our part­ner­ship to a new level and help TASL achieve its vi­sion to be­come the part­ner of choice for global orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers.”

The C-130J Su­per Her­cules is the proven stan­dard in tac­ti­cal air­lift, pro­vid­ing a unique mix of ver­sa­til­ity and per­for­mance to com­plete any mis­sion, any­time, any­where. It is the cur­rent vari­ant of the C-130 Her­cules, which has been in pro­duc­tion for more than 60 years. More than 2,500 C-130s ( legacy mod­els and C-130Js) have been de­liv­ered to 63 cus­tomers cur­rently op­er­at­ing out of 68 coun­tries. The In­dian Air Force (IAF) op­er­ates a fleet of five C-130J30s and has or­dered an ad­di­tional six Su­per Her­cules.

“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 cen­ter wing com­po­nents it man­u­fac­tures,” said Ge­orge Shultz, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager, Air Mo­bil­ity & Mar­itime Mis­sions at Lock­heed Martin. “Ev­ery em­pen­nage we re­ceive from TLMAL is a di­rect re­flec­tion of its team’s ded­i­ca­tion to and fo­cus on qual­ity. This mile­stone is one of many we plan to cel­e­brate with TLMAL and its em­ploy­ees, who lit­er­ally help the C-130J soar to great heights.”

To date, all 50 em­pen­nages and 28 cen­tre wing box com­po­nents have been de­liv­ered on or ahead of sched­ule.

“Our team con­tin­ues to demon­strate out­stand­ing per­for­mance against all of our safety, qual­ity, and sched­ule and cost met­rics,” said Bob Owenby, Lock­heed Martin’s Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer for TLMAL. “We could not ask for a bet­ter In­dian part­ner in this ven­ture. TASL’s un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to suc­cess and world­class vi­sion is very im­pres­sive and the core of our joint ven­ture suc­cess.”

In­dian Air Force C-130J Su­per Her­cules

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