Lockheed Martin rolls out new cargo aircraft at Marietta plant

February 9, 2017, Marietta - Lockheed Martin workers walk under the wing of Lockheed Martin’s newest commercial freighter, the LM-100J, during an unveiling ceremony in Marietta, Georgia, on Thursday, February 9, 2017. (DAVID BARNES / SPECIAL)

Lockheed Martin on Thursday rolled a new commercial cargo aircraft it has developed at its Marietta plant.

The LM-100J commercial freighter is part of the C-130J Super Hercules family of aircraft.

On Thursday, employees “walked” the LM-100J out of the building where it was produced, as part of a traditional rollout ceremony at the Lockheed Martin facility at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The aircraft will now be prepared for its first flight this spring.

Employees and suppliers “have literally designed and built this new chapter of Super Hercules operations,” said Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of air mobility and maritime missions George Shultz in a written statement.

The LM-100J designed to carry oversized cargo, conduct aerial spraying, aerial fire fighting, medical/air ambulance work, search and rescue, humanitarian relief operations, transporting people, or doing oil and gas exploration or mining logistics.

The aircraft is an updated version of the L-100 Hercules built from 1964 to 1992, and plans for the aircraft were first announced by Lockheed Martin in 2014. The company has filed for a Federal Aviation Administration certificate update for the LM-100J.