On Feb. 9 Lockheed Martin delivered the 400th C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. According to a press release from the company, it is an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations aircraft, and is assigned to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).
Lockheed Martin is one of the largest employers in Cobb County, with a local workforce of about 7,000 employees.
George Schultz, VP and general manager for Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at the company said in the press release, “We celebrate this accomplishment with our employees, industry partners and the Super Hercules operator community that spans 17 countries. These first 400 C-130Js meet a global demand for the proven performance and unmatched versatility found only in a Super Hercules. Its durability, relevancy and capability will continue to set the C-130J apart as the world’s choice in tactical airlift for decades to come.”
This particular aircraft is to be converted into an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship, used for close-air support, air interdiction, and armed reconnaissance.
Here is a promotional video from Lockheed Martin showing a C-130J built for India in 2010 being assembled and tested: