New Training Technologies for a Growing C-130J Pipeline

Lockheed Martin to deliver new training systems for C-130J aircrews and maintainers

As the U.S. Air Force replaces its aging tactical airlifters as part of the HC/MC-130J recapitalization program, ranks of C-130J aircrews and maintainers continue to grow. To ensure these operators are ready for their missions, Lockheed Martin will deliver the latest training technologies.

The Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $156 million award to develop 24 new training devices and provide program management and engineering services under the Air Force’s C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System II, referred to as JMATS II. The devices include weapons systems, enhanced integrated cockpit systems, loadmaster fuselage and loadmaster part-task trainers along with enhanced cargo handling system training aids.

"These new devices will support multiple C-130J communities as they receive their new aircraft," said Col. Peter Eide, Simulators Division Chief for Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  "High fidelity simulator systems provide safe, affordable training alternatives that can free up critical C-130J resources to fly airlift missions."

“The technology that is available now offers incredible flexibility, realism and networking capabilities for distributed mission operations,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of training solutions in Lockheed Martin’s Global Training and Logistics business. “The new integrated cockpit systems trainers, for example, allow both aircrews and maintainers to train on the same device for the first time. We’re able to deliver more capability with unprecedented value.”

The U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command and Special Operations Command will use the devices for C-130J initial qualification and refresher training.

Lockheed Martin has managed the C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System since 2000 to provide a comprehensive range of training devices and support services, including aircrew and maintenance personnel instruction, program operations and engineering services. In August 2011, the Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin the first phase of the JMATS II program to provide weapons systems training devices.


The U.S. Air Force’s C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System streamlines training and provides real time access to program metrics. The training environment includes advanced simulations in full motion weapons systems trainers to prepare C-130J aircrews for their missions.