Britain’s Marshall Aerospace group (Hall 4 Stand A12) and U.S. manufacturer Lockheed Martin is celebrating a 40-year relationship that looks set to continue for about another 25 years. The two companies have worked together since the mid-1960s to support British operations of C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft and will be in a new contract expected to run until about 2030. Last week senior Lockheed Martin executives traveled to Marshall Aerospace’s Cambridge Airport headquarters to mark the anniversary of their cooperation.
The Anglo-American relationship has been extended through last month’s award of a £1.52 billion ($2.8 billion) UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract covering long-term support for the Royal Air Force’s remaining 24 C-130Ks and 25 C-130Js until predicted aircraft retirement by about 2030.
Marshall is prime contractor, supported by sub-primes Lockheed Martin UK and Rolls-Royce.
This Hercules Integrated Operational Support program will be handled by the partners involved in the MoD Defence Logistics Organization Hercules Integrated Project Team. The contract involves all C-130K/J depth maintenance being performed in Marshall’s new central maintenance and upgrade facility at Cambridge. The RAF assisted by a Marshall support team will still complete forward maintenance at the main operating base, currently RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.