Quickstep Holdings, an Australian manufacturer, has announced that it will supply the wing flaps for LM-100J commercial freighter from Lockheed Martin.
The announcement was made by the company on Monday in a statement released to the Australian Securities Exchange.
The LM-100J is a civilian version of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from Lockheed Martin that is used by military. The first type of this aircraft rolled out in February 2017 at the Marietta, Georgia facility of the country. The aircraft was on a static display at the recent Paris Airshow.
AE 2100D3 engines from Rolls-Royce give power to the aircraft and it made its solo flight on May 25th, 2017.
The Global Supplier of Wing Flaps
Quickstep signed a five year memorandum of agreement with Lockheed Martin in December 2013 and has been the sole global supplier of wing flaps for the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The current order for C-130J has been extended till 2019.
According to Mark Burgees, chief executive of Quickstep, the company is extremely proud to become the supplier of wing flaps for the LM-100J along with that of C-130J which is the military version of this aircraft.
A new chapter is being added in Hercules operations with the introduction of the LM-100J and Quickstep is proud to be part of this new platform that promises to change the marketplace for commercial freighter.
It has also come to know that Lockheed Martin has agreements with many original equipment manufacturers that will supply parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. These agreements will be in place for the next two decades and their value is around US$700 million.
Burgess also added that the aerospace business of Quickstep has been going strong and profitable, thanks to the revenue growth and forward order booking by the company.
Civil Version of C-130J Super Hercules
It was back in February 2014 that Lockheed Martin applied for the civil-certified version of the C-130J Super Hercules to US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
In July 2014, a Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed by an Ireland-based ASL Aviation Group for 10 LM-100J.
More than 100 L-100 aircraft, the commercial version of the first-generation C-130 were manufactured between 1964 and 1992. Many of these aircraft are still in operation for a number of government and commercial customers around the world.
Lockheed Martin has claimed that the LM-100J has the capability to takeoff and land at short, unprepared airfields. It requires only minimal cargo handling equipment and ground support infrastructure.
It is expected that the aircraft will be built on the existing production line of C-130, and the first delivery will be made in 2018.
a fleet of 12 C-130J Hercules are been operated by the Royal Australian Air Force’s 37 Squadron from RAAF Base Richmond.
Watch the First Flight of LM-100J: