TLMAL delivers 200th C-130J Super Hercules Empennage

Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd (TLMAL) announced that it has delivered the 200th C-130J Super Hercules empennage, the tail structure located at the rear of an aircraft for stabilisation.

TLMAL, a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, was established in 2010 in Adibatla, Hyderabad.

A press release from TASL said TLMAL exemplifies the ‘Make in India’ initiative 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 US.

To be noted that the empennage assemblies produced by TLMAL include the aircraft’s horizontal and vertical stabilizers along with leading edges and tip assemblies.

Also, worth mentioning that in March this year, Lockheed Martin and Tata Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to begin the implementation of fighter wing production after the team at TLMAL demonstrated the capability to produce one of the most technologically complex aerostructures – a fuel-carrying 9G, 12,000 hour, interchangeable/replaceable fighter wing.