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Marshall Aerospace secure £369m contract to service the RAF Hercules

Marshall Aerospace secure £369m contract to service the RAF Hercules

At the very end of December, it was announced that Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group had been awarded a £369 million contract to support the Royal Air Force’s fleet of C-130J Hercules transport aircraft by the Ministry of Defence.

The deal has brought together Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce, who will jointly deliver the Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS) until at least 2022.  These three companies have been working together on the HIOS programme since 2006, and it is believed that more than 1,200 jobs will be sustained by this additional investment.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) have described the Hercules as “one of the RAF’s work horses”, as the aircraft are mainly used to carry troops, supplies and equipment in support of worldwide military operations.  The recent Strategic Defence and Security Review revealed that the C-130J aircraft will be extended in service until 2030, and therefore will be upgraded.

Photo credit: Tom Dean

Photo credit: Tom Dean

The majority of the work will be undertaken by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group at its Cambridge site, and additional work will be carried out by Rolls-Royce in Bristol, Brize Norton and Indianapolis, US.  Plus, Lockheed Martin, who are currently based in Havant, Stansted and Cheltenham, will be responsible for the management of the supply chain.

Steve Fitz-Gerald, CEO of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, said: “It is a privilege to be part of the C-130J Joint Team and to have contributed to the achievements being recognised by the Minister (DP) Acquisition Award. Next year marks Marshall’s 50th anniversary of our first engagement with the RAF in support of its C-130 fleet and we look forward to continuing that partnership to provide the highest levels of availability, affordability and innovation.”

Well done Marshall Aerospace!