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6 January, 2016 - 10:26 By Tony Quested

Marshall sprinkles gold dust over £369m RAF contract

Steve Fitz-Gerald, CEO of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge has cashed in to the tune of several million pounds on a golden legacy with the RAF C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

The UK business is one of three leading players sharing a £369 million MoD contract to support the C-130J fleet until 2022.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Marshall’s first engagement with the C-130. Its ‘neighbours of Hercules’ are Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce, who jointly deliver the Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS) programme.

The trio have been partners in the HIOS programme since 2006 and more than a thousand jobs will be sustained by this additional investment, Marshall ADG reveals.

Most of the work under the new deal will be undertaken by Marshall ADG at its Cambridge site with additional work on the AE 2100 engines carried out by Rolls- Royce in Bristol, Brize Norton and Indianapolis, US. Lockheed Martin, based in Havant in Hampshire, will be responsible for managing the supply chain.

Close collaboration between the MoD, RAF and industry has increased availability of the C-130 to carry troops, supplies and equipment in support of operations across the world by a third while also delivering cost savings of around 20 percent.

This means the RAF now has more aircraft to support humanitarian operations such as the recent floods in Nepal, contingency operations like Op SHADER as well as routine supply missions to overseas bases. The recent Strategic Defence and Security Review announced that the C-130 aircraft will be upgraded and extended in service until 2030.

The efforts of the joint C-130 team were recently recognised by Philip Dunne who presented them with a Minister for Defence Procurement Award during a ceremony at MoD Main Building.

Steve Fitz-Gerald, CEO of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (pictured above), 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.

“2016 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.”

Lockheed Martin UK chief executive Stephen Ball said that over the last 60 years, the company had delivered 2,500 C-130 Hercules, capable of supporting 100 different mission requirements.

Marshall ADG has more than 80 years’ experience in aviation and a full-spectrum engineering capability. The company works with 10 of the world’s air forces in relation to the C-130 platform.

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