Lockheed Martin celebrated the groundbreaking of the Hercules Training Center (HTC), a facility slated to open at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics site here in 2018. The HTC will train the next generation of air mobility pilots and crews for the C-130J airlifter and LM-100J commercial freighter.
“Our shared investment in the Hercules Training Center continues years of strong partnership between Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to help equip pilots and aircrews worldwide to command the C-130 platform,” said Sandy Samuel, Vice President, Training and Simulation Solutions.
“We are thrilled to offer our customers even more value through integrated training solutions right here in Marietta where the aircraft is produced,” he added.
“As the C-130 Original Equipment Manufacturer, Lockheed Martin has an unmatched knowledge of the Super Hercules - to include providing the most effective training programs for C-130J crews. The Lockheed Martin partnership that is at the core of the Hercules Training Center delivers proven insights into the operation of the C-130J and LM-100J platforms,” said George Shultz, Vice President and General Manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions
The HTC will include classroom space, training devices and a new, reconfigurable C-130J/LM-100J full mission simulator.
The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems.
The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. During more than 60 years of service, the family has participated in military, civilian, and humanitarian aid operations. The Hercules has outlived several planned successor designs, most notably the Advanced Medium STOL Transport contestants. Fifteen nations have placed orders for a total of 300 C-130Js, of which 250 aircraft have been delivered as of February 2012.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Photo (From Left to Right): George Shultz, Vice President of Air Mobility & Maritime Missions, and Sandy Samuel, Vice President, Training Simulation Solutions, break ground for the new Hercules Training Center at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, Georgia, facility, on June 20. (Photo by Damien A. Guarnieri)