Marshall and Lockheed forge new C-130 ‘superteam’
Marshall Aerospace in Cambridge and aviation behemoth Lockheed Martin have created a new ‘superteam’ to boost the capability and longevity of C-130 aircraft.
Lockheed Martin’s vice president for C-130 programmes, Lorraine Martin, visited Marshall and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work in partnership to provide global sustainment support solutions to Northern European C-130 customers.Initially there are four key air force customers who could benefit from this partnering arrangement: Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.This would allow the partners to offer performance based, operationally focused logistic and technical sustainment solutions to support their respective C-130s. Through this innovative combined approach, customers will have direct access to the joint complementary capabilities of Marshall Aerospace and Lockheed Martin as the aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer.Lorraine Martin said: “The C-130 has long been recognised as the world’s proven airlifter. This agreement with Marshall Aerospace ensures that C-130 operators will receive the best of our combined resources for C-130 sustainment, modification and enhancement keeping the C-130 fleet viable well into the future. “In addition, Lockheed Martin is proud of the opportunity to support and expand the role of a company key to the UK’s defence industrial base.”Grahame Nix, chief operating officer, Marshall Aerospace added: “This agreement will have significant benefits and options for Northern European C-130 customers and beyond. “It will include comprehensive access to cost-effective complementary capabilities, responsive and in-depth access to technical and logistic operational support, and access to a wide range of value for money, performance based and responsive support solutions.“As a well-established C-130 Service Centre, it is Marshall Aerospace’s aim to ensure that customers receive the best integrated support available to guarantee the operational readiness of their C-130 aircraft, and we are looking forward to entering into this new venture with Lockheed Martin.”• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Lorraine Martin, V-P C-130 Programs at Lockheed Martin, and Grahame Nix, COO of Marshall Aerospace, at the signing ceremony in Cambridge