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Marshall secures multi-million pound defence contract with Bangladesh Air Force


By Paul Brackley


Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has secured another multi-million-pound contract, continuing a successful run.

Marshall ADG international sales director Matthew Harvey, right, shakes hands with Air Vice Marshal EhsanulGani Choudhury, Bangladesh Air Force Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) in the presence of representatives from the British High Commission and MoD (12960522)
Marshall ADG international sales director Matthew Harvey, right, shakes hands with Air Vice Marshal EhsanulGani Choudhury, Bangladesh Air Force Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) in the presence of representatives from the British High Commission and MoD (12960522)

It will support the Bangladesh Air Force’s entire C-130J fleet under the multi-year contract, which follows a landmark deal signed in May 2018.

Bangladesh has now purchased an additional batch of former Royal Air Force C-130J aircraft from the UK Ministry of Defence.

The Cambridge company will deliver aircraft maintenance, logistics support, provide spare parts and ground support equipment for establishing local capabilities, along with engineering services.

It will also carry out critical capability enhancement modifications to the avionics equipment and provide a passenger transport capability.

And it will offer in-country technical support to the operator for an initial period, along with specific technical services to help sustain the fleet in the longer-term.

Alistair McPhee, CEO of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, said: “We are delighted to see the Bangladesh Air Force further strengthen its important airlift capability with the purchase of additional C-130Js from the MoD and are proud to support them with their fleet’s entry into service.

“The Bangladesh Air Force can fully rely on Marshall to support them as they continue to play such an important role in UN peace-keeping and humanitarian missions around the world.”

The contract was signed at a ceremony at the Bangladesh Air Headquarters in Dhaka, with representatives from both the Bangladesh and British governments, including the MoD’s Defence Equipment Sales Authority.

A Bangladesh Air Force Representative said: “Marshall will play a key role in ensuring that our C-130J fleet is available to enable us to fulfil our operational commitments. We need them to make the missions possible.

“The relationships we have with the Royal Air Force and UK MoD are of the utmost importance to our nation and we also look forward to further strengthening our industrial relations with the United Kingdom.”

Deputy British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Kanbar Hossein Bor, said at the ceremony:

“I am delighted to see today’s event build on the success story that is the growing UK-Bangladesh defence relationship.

“Our two countries are committed to an ever-deeper partnership across the full spectrum of security activity, including disaster response and UN peace-keeping. These aircraft are an excellent demonstration of this cooperation. We also recognise the important role of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group as the UK Government’s industrial partner in supporting both countries with their global commitments.”

Marshall announced in May that it intends to move its aerospace and defence group out of Cambridge by 2030.

It is considering three locations - Cranfield in Bedfordshire, or Duxford and Wyton, both in Cambridgeshire - for its new base, to help give the group further room for growth and unlock valuable land in Cambridge for housing and business use.

The group has secured a number of valuable contracts in the last year, including £100million contract with the Netherlands in December, and deals in February with the Danish Armed Forces for the supply of containers and deployable office and stores facilities.

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