Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) on Wednesday announced the delivery of the 150th C-130J Super Hercules empennage from its manufacturing facility located in Hyderabad.
TLMAL, a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, was established in 2010 in alignment with the Indian Air Force’s acquisition of its first six C-130J 30 Super Hercules airlifters.
The event to mark 150th delivery was held at TLMAL facility at Adibatla in Hyderabad and was attended by Telangana’s minister for industries and information technology K. T. Rama Rao and senior officials from the state government and TLMAL.
TLMAL officials said it exemplifies the Make in India goals and has the distinction of being the single global source of C-130J empennage assemblies that are installed on all new Super Hercules aircraft produced in Marietta, Georgia, in the United States.
Empennage assemblies produced by TLMAL include the aircraft’s horizontal and vertical stabilizers along with leading edges and tip assemblies.
The TLMAL team also previously manufactured sets of C-130J centre wing box components and introduced a cutting-edge 4,700 square-meter metal-to-metal bonding facility in May 2018. TLMAL currently employs close to 700 people.
In April 2018, TLMAL increased the indigenization of C-130 manufacturing by transitioning the production of approximately 2,200 (of 2,500+) previously imported empennage components to Tata Sikorsky Aerospace Limited (TSAL), Lockheed Martin’s second joint venture with TASL.
These components were previously manufactured by suppliers located outside of India.