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Project cargo gets new lift

LE BOURGET: June 22, 2017. Lockheed Martin launched its latest commercial variant of the ubiquitous Super Hercules transport – the LM-100J – at the Paris Air Show this week.

The aircraft can accommodate five 88 x 125 inch pallets in an interior space of 127 cubic meters with a maximum payload of 21.8 tonnes and a non-stop range of 2,450 nautical miles with 18 tonnes.

The LM-100J is the 17th different mission capability developed for the C-130J Super Hercules and it is an updated version of the L-100 cargo aircraft, which Lockheed Martin produced from 1964-1992.

LM100-J 3The company said the new variant "is an ideal airlift solution for delivering bulk and oversize cargo, particularly to austere locations worldwide".

First flight was on May 25 and testing continues prior to type approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. "This first flight is a source of pride for Lockheed Martin and serves as a proof-point to the ongoing versatility of the Super Hercules aircraft," said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions, and Marietta, GA site general manager. "I'm continually impressed by the commitment to quality and relevance that our employees, industry partners and customers have invested into the LM-100J.

In July last year Bravo Industries, based in Arlington, Virginia announced it would buy 10 of the new aircraft with first deliveries in 2018.

Bravo is a logistics and defense group with a business focus on Brazil. The company says its Logística division, which consists of Bravo Cargas and Bravo MRO, will use the aircraft to develop cargo operations in the country including scheduled and route-specific solutions as well as outsize and hazardous projects.

"When we examined the market and regional demands for our logistics operations, there was only one aircraft that could do all the jobs we needed it to do to serve our customers: the LM-100J." said JR Pereira, president and CEO of Bravo Industries. "The LM-100J is uniquely suited to reach Brazil's underserved regions where we do business.

"These are areas that lack ground support and certain critical infrastructure required by other commercial freighters. The LM-100J was designed to meet the varying needs of the Brazilian landscape, in turn, allowing Bravo to deliver vital goods and services where they are needed most," he added.

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