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LM-100J receives FAA certificate

Lockheed Martin LM-100J.

- 18 November 2019 -
The Lockheed Martin LM-100J commercial freighter has received its type design update certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. This means that the LM-100J is ready for commercial operations worldwide.

The LM-100J is the modernised version of the Lockheed Martin L-100 freighter (Lockheed Model 382). More than 100 L-100s were produced from 1964-1992 at the then Lockheed-Georgia facility in Marietta, Georgia. Many of these aircraft are still operational today, but are reaching the end of their operating life. Customers told Lockheed Martin that the only replacement for the L-100 would be a new version based on the C-130J Super Hercules.

In 2014, Lockheed Martin announced it would develop such a version as LM-100J. This is a civil multi-purpose aircraft for cargo transport and a number of specialised missions, like delivering bulk and oversize cargo, particularly to austere locations around the world.

Lockheed Martin claims that the LM-100J is 14 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, and has 20 percent more payload/range capability. New features are an automated maintenance fault reporting system, digital avionics and dual a head-up display, compliance with the FAA NextGen air traffic control system, and an enhanced cargo handling system and carbon brakes.

Launch operator of the LM-100J will be Pallas Aviation, which will take delivery of two aircraft in 2020. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

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