On the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow, Lockheed Martin introduced the LM-100J “FireHerc,” a civil-certified firefighting airtanker variant of the C-130J Super Hercules.
“With the presence of wildfires increasing on a global scale, there is a real-time need to provide more advanced assets to protect our people, communities and environment,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. “As a variant of the C-130J Super Hercules, the FireHerc delivers a powerful combination of established performance advantages and innovative technology that will truly change the way we fight and defeat wildfires.”
The FireHerc has a straight-wing design and turboprop power plant, giving it an advantage over competitors. Some of the other advantages include advanced flight deck avionics and the ability to support two different retardant dispersion solutions.
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