Lockheed Martin celebrated the groundbreaking of the Hercules Training Center (HTC), a facility slated to open at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics site in 2018. The HTC will train the next generation of air mobility pilots and crews for the C-130J airlifter and LM-100J commercial freighter.

“Our shared investment in the Hercules Training Center continues years of strong partnership between Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to help equip pilots and aircrews worldwide to command the C-130 platform,” said Sandy Samuel, Vice President, Training and Simulation Solutions. “We are thrilled to offer our customers even more value through integrated training solutions right here in Marietta where the aircraft is produced.”

The HTC will include classroom space, training devices and a new, reconfigurable C-130J/LM-100J full mission simulator.