Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge has signed a new multimillion pound contract with the Bangladesh Air Force to support additional C-130J aircraft bought from the UK Ministry of Defence.
The multi-year contract follows on from a landmark deal signed in May 2018 and will see Marshall provide total support to the entire Bangladesh Air Force C-130J fleet.
Marshall will deliver aircraft maintenance, logistics support, including the provision of spare parts and ground support equipment for establishing local capabilities, as well as engineering services to ensure the effective operation of the entire fleet.
The company will also carry out critical capability enhancement modifications to the avionics equipment and provide a passenger transport capability, as well as in-country technical support to the operator for an initial period, along with specific technical services to support the longer-term sustainment of the fleet.
This new support contract has been signed in accordance with a government-to-government agreement for the sale of an additional batch of former Royal Air Force C-130J aircraft from the UK MoD to the Bangladesh Air Force.
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 peacekeeping and humanitarian missions around the world.”
The contract was signed during a ceremony held at the Bangladesh Air Headquarters in Dhaka in the presence of representatives from both the Bangladesh and British Governments, including the MoD’s Defence Equipment Sales Authority.
Speaking at the ceremony, 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 commitments to UN operations to deliver important aide to people in need. We need them to make the missions possible.
“The relationships we have with the Royal Air Force and UK Ministry of Defence are of the utmost importance to our nation and we also look forward to further strengthening our industrial relations with the United Kingdom.”
Marshall ADG has specialised in protecting people in critical situations for more than 100 years. It comprises a team of over 1,800 highly skilled colleagues located across the UK, Canada, Europe and the UEA.
• PHOTOGRAPH: Marshall ADG international sales director, Matthew Harvey (right)) shakes hands with Air Vice-Marshal Ehsanul Gani Choudhury – Bangladesh Air Force assistant chief of air staff – in the presence of representatives from the British High,Commission and MoD