Saturday, July 15, 2017

UK C-130J fleet to receive wing box upgrade

UK Ministry of Defense has selected British Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to carry out structural upgrade on Royal Air Force C-130J tactical transport aircraft fleet.

Under the £110 million (USD 144 million) contract, Marshall will replace the center wing box of RAF's fleet of 25 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

This replacement will extend the aircraft’s out of service date to 2035, making sure this essential aircraft can continue to transport personnel and equipment around the world, having previously supported defense and humanitarian relief efforts in Iraq, Nepal and South Sudan.

The contract will sustain 330 jobs in Cambridge, contributing to the 5,100 UK jobs Marshall already support in the region.

Marshall has been supporting UK C-130 fleet since introduction into service in 1966. Marshall was the first authorized C-130B-H service center in the world, and it is the only European center authorized to service the Lockheed Martin C-130J variants.