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Marshall ADG secures multi-million pound contract to update Austrian Air Force’s C-130K aircraft

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has secured a multi-million pound contract with the Austrian Air Force to update the navigation systems on its fleet of three C-130K aircraft.

The Cambridge company will design and update the electronic flight instrument system displays, standby instrument and flight management system across the fleet.

An Austrian C130K at Marshall ADG. Picture: Marshall ADG
An Austrian C130K at Marshall ADG. Picture: Marshall ADG

It follows a night vision system upgrade to the system in 2017.

Duncan Eldridge, managing director of Marshall ADG’s Military Aerospace business, said: “We’re thrilled to be awarded the contract to do this avionics modification work, which will extend the current capabilities of the aircraft..

“The Austrian Air Force is an important customer and we know that their C-130 fleet is used extensively to perform supply tasks in support of their troops around the globe, as well as being on standby for other critical missions. Marshall ADG has a strong pedigree for carrying out modifications on C-130 aircraft and we are pleased that the Austrian Air Force has shown continued trust in our comprehensive engineering capabilities.“

The design phase is to begin mid-year, and Marshall will complete the embodiment of the modification on the fleet as the aircraft are inducted into its Cambridge facility for scheduled maintenance.

Brig Gen Peter Wessely, head of air material staff for the Austrian Air Force, said: “The AAF has had 18 years of good relationship with Marshall ADG. With their experience and their competence, they have carried out many modifications and maintenance to our full satisfaction.

“This smart modification designed by Marshall will solve our known problem with the heading indication on our primary flight Instruments without replacing our highly integrated inertial navigation units.

“They also found a smart solution to solve current obsolescence problems in our navigation installation. The software upgrade to our integrated secondary flight display iSFD will improve the reliability of our VSI system and subsequently the availability of the aircraft.”

Marshall has supported the three transport aircraft since 2003, when they were sold to he Austrian Air Force by the UK Ministry of Defence the Austrian Air Force’s as the Royal Air Force began its transition to C-130Js.

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