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22 January, 2013 - 12:12 By News Desk

Marshall starts Austrian Air Force contract

Work is underway on the first of three Hercules C-130Ks for the Austrian Air Force

A major contract involving maintenance of Hercules aircraft for the Austrian Air Force has been landed by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge.

The UK company has years of specialism with Hercules aircraft. It has already started work on the first of three C-130Ks.

The work comprises maintenance and an avionics modification to address obsolescence issues and to overcome operational restrictions in European airspace.

Steve Fitz-Gerald, CEO of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, said: “The fitting of equipment marks a key project milestone, from design and development to installation.”

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group’s relationship with the Austrian Air Force dates back to 2000, when three C-130Ks (all formerly UK RAF aircraft) were purchased and modified. Marshall has since been supporting the client by performing all maintenance work.

Marshall is a ‘sister design authority’ to Lockheed Martin for the C-130K family and, as the systems integrator on this programme, is managing a complex supply chain.

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