Lockheed Martin received six contracts, with awards totaling $198.4 million, to improve training for C-130 airmen and operators around the world.
The C-130J Super Hercules Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (JMATS) program has trained more than 10,000 airmen for missions including cargo transport, special missions and aerial refueling.
"The C-130J is the world's most versatile airlifter, and we've created training products and services for our customers that reflect the Hercules' many incredible missions," said Amy Gowder, vice president of Training and Logistics Solutions. "With contracts that include customized new trainers, software and hardware updates for existing trainers along with cybersecurity provisions, we view these contracts as a significant opportunity ensuring we're delivering the best solutions for developing well trained airmen around the world."
Lockheed Martin will provide services under the contracts awarded that also includes five new C-130J weapon system trainers for US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC); a new, reconfigurable C-130J weapon system trainer for the Air National Guard at Quonset Point Reserve Base in Rhode Island in early 2020; four new KC-130J observer trainers for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) U.S. Marine Corps; upgrading 13 existing AMC trainers at Air Force Bases throughout the U.S. and Europe; and providing one-year technical support contract to assist the U.S. Air Force with conducting analyses for common architectures across various simulator elements.
The contracts are only one way Lockheed Martin is committed to C-130 training. The corporation has also funded development of the Hercules Training Center (HTC), a facility slated to open in Q2 2018. The HTC will train the next generation of air mobility pilots and crews for the C-130J airlifter and LM-100J commercial freighter. The HTC will include classroom space, training devices and a new, reconfigurable C-130J/LM-100J full mission simulator.