Marshall wins landmark deal for UK in Bangladesh
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge has won a significant contract to support former RAF C-130J aircraft sold by the MoD to the Bangladesh Air Force.
The contract was signed today during a ceremony held at the Bangladesh Air Headquarters in Dhaka in the presence of representatives from both the Bangladesh and British Government.
This multi-year contract will see Marshall ADG deliver a total support solution to the Bangladesh Air Force C-130J covering aircraft maintenance, logistics support – including the provision of spare parts and ground support equipment for establishing local capabilities – as well as engineering services to ensure the effective operation of the fleet.
The company will also conduct important modifications to the aircraft such as the design, development and installation of a MEDEVAC capability to enable the Bangladesh Air Force to carry out important tasks within the country and overseas in delivering support to UN missions.
Marshall ADG will also be providing in-country technical support to the operator for an initial period along with specific technical services to support the longer-term sustainment of the fleet.
Alistair McPhee, CEO of Marshall ADG, said: “We are delighted to have secured this important contract with the Bangladesh Air Force in close cooperation with the UK MoD’s Defence Equipment Sales Authority.
“Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has experience in delivering total support solutions to a wide range of C-130 operators and we wish to thank the Bangladesh Air Force for the trust they have shown in our capabilities.”
A Bangladesh Air Force representative explained the significance of the sale for the country.
“The acquisition of C-130J aircraft from the Royal Air Force provides a key enhancement to our current airlift capability,” the spokesperson said. “It is important for the Bangladesh Air Force to be able to rely on a trusted partner like Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to deliver the necessary levels of operational support as we prepare to take the step from B to J model of C-130.
“Having supported the Royal Air Force fleet of C-130 since 1966 we are very confident in Marshall’s capabilities and welcome the breadth of knowledge and experience they will bring to our Air Force.”
Alison Blake, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, described the deal as “a success story for both the UK and Bangladesh.”
She added: “We share a commitment to global stability and security and these aircraft will help Bangladesh deliver in this vital area. We recognise the important role of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group as the UK Government’s industrial partner who will provide the technical expertise to deliver this programme.”
• PHOTOGRAPH: Lift off – Marshall ADG’s international sales director Matthew Harvey (seated right) inks the contract with Air Vice Marshal M Sanaul Huq watched by other dignitaries at the signing ceremony.