Lockheed Martin officials submitted a Program Notification Letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on 21 January 2014 for a type design update for the Model L-382J transport, a civil-certified variant of the C-130J Super Hercules. This commercial variant will be marketed as the LM-100J. A total of 115 L-100s, the commercial variant of the first-generation C-130, were produced from 1964-1992 at the then Lockheed-Georgia Company facility in Marietta, Georgia. Many of those airlifters are still in service worldwide. The LM-100J will be able to operate from short, unprepared airfields without dedicated ground support equipment. Other potential missions include aerial spray, firefighting, and delivery, medevac, humanitarian aid, and VIP transport. First flight of the LM-100J is expected in the 2017 timeframe.
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