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Marshall signs deal with US Navy to support KC-130J tanker aircraft for Kuwait Air Force





Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has signed a contract with the US government to support the Kuwait Air Force fleet of KC-130J tanker aircraft.

A KC-130J tanker aircraft used by the Kuwait Air Force, which will be maintained by Marshall. PIcture: Supplied by Marshall ADG (26067541)
A KC-130J tanker aircraft used by the Kuwait Air Force, which will be maintained by Marshall. PIcture: Supplied by Marshall ADG (26067541)

Under the multi-year agreement, the Cambridge company will carry out maintenance, interval inspections, repainting and specific overhaul tasks.

The KC-130J is the extended-range tanker version of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft modified to provide aerial refuelling and support missions in the Middle East.

They were purchased by Kuwait through the US government’s foreign military sale process in 2014. Support of the fleet is managed by the US Navy through its Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

The deal builds on Marshall’s expertise in supporting C-130 type aircraft and follows a contract with the US Navy last summer, under which the company was tasked with maintenance, painting and modifications to the C-130J Super Hercules that will replace the US Navy’s iconic Fat Albert.

Following the latest deal, Marshall ADG CEO Alistair McPhee said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this US government contract. Kuwait Air Force is a very important customer and we appreciate the trust the US government have shown in our MRO capabilities.

“We continue to expand our international market share for C-130 support and I’m pleased to see the development of our relationship with NAVAIR and the US government, following the contract for the replacement Fat Albert last year.”

Curtis Brooks, tactical airlift program office (PMA-207), Kuwait KC-130J case manager, said: “We are pleased to have Marshall as part of our team. We need a strong partner to support the Kuwait Air Force program. We will be counting on Marshall.”

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, which employs more than 1,800 employees in the UK, Canada, Europe and Middle East.

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