HYDERABAD, India (BulgarianMilitary.com) – On 20th February 2019, it was revealed in a press release that TLMAL (Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited) has recently delivered the 100th C-130J Super Hercules empennage from its manufacturing facility located in Hyderabad, India, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
Empennage assemblies manufactured by TLMAL involve the horizontal and vertical stabilizers of an aircraft along with leading edges and tip assemblies. Previous milestones achieved by the team of TLMAL are the manufacturing of sets of C-130J centre wing box elements and introduction of a new cutting-edge 4,700 square-meter metal-to-metal bonding facility in May 2018.
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Sukaran Singh, CEO and managing director, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), commented, “It is a moment of great pride and honour for TLMAL, as it delivers the 100th empennage. The joint venture has been a great example of successful U.S. – 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.”
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The C-130J, featuring TLMAL empennages, has been used in critical worldwide search and rescue, maritime patrol, peacekeeping, aerial refuelling, combat delivery, special operations, medical evacuation and humanitarian response missions. TLMAL empennages are also included in the commercial version of the Super Hercules, the LM-100J.
Karmyn Norwood, VP of International Programs for Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin, 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. This team’s pride and commitment to quality is built into each and every empennage!”
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The C-130J Super Hercules is a proven tactical airlifter that provides a unique mix of versatility and performance. It is the present version of the C-130 Hercules. The Indian Air Force operates a fleet of eleven C-130J-30s. It has ordered an additional C-130J Super Hercules.
A joint venture between TASL and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. It was established in 2010 in Hyderabad. TLMAL exemplifies the Make in India goals (a movement covering 25 sectors of the economy, launched by the Government of India on 25 September 2014 for encouraging companies to manufacture their products in India) and has the distinction of being the single global source of C-130J empennage assemblies, which are installed on all new Super Hercules aircraft produced in Marietta in the U.S. state of Georgia.
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Source: Lockheed Martin, Wikipedia