October 17, 2021
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Tata-Lockheed Martin JV delivers C-130J empennage
The 50th C-130J Super Hercules empennage assembly was delivered by Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) recently. TLMAL is a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Lockheed Martin Aeroframe Corporation. 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 center wing box components that include the front and rear beam assemblies, formers and trailing edge sections. To date, all 50 empennages and 28 center wing box components have been delivered on or ahead of schedule. TLMAL was established in 2010, with production of C-130J Super Hercules airframe components beginning in late 2011. The C-130J Super Hercules worldwide fleet has more than 1.5 million flight hours to its credit and is flown by 19 different operators.