Marshall Aerospace has secured a contract to perform two crucial modifications and extensive servicing on the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) C-130 fleet, as well as supporting subsequent in-country modification work. Marshall previously led a comprehensive multi-year upgrade programme for the SAAF C-130 fleet roughly 20 years ago. The programme entailed installation of a digital autopilot, flight displays, a navigation systems upgrade, communications and self-defence integration, and enhancements to the electrical generation system. Since the completion of these upgrades, in-country maintenance of the fleet has been performed by Denel (a state-owned maintenance, repair and overhaul facility). Under the new contract, Marshall will also perform depth maintenance, which will involve comprehensive inspections, repairs, and rectification.
“We are delighted to have been asked to support the SAAF and Denel with our unique technical capability and platform knowhow in order to extend the lifespan of these aircraft. Having yet another global operator flag in our hangars highlights our well-established leadership as a global C-130 support specialist and our reputation for quality work,” said Marshall Aerospace Managing Director Neil McManus.
Marshall will initially modify one aircraft, replacing the existing Secondary Flight Display (SFD) and implementing an Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast – Out (ADSB-Out) – an internationally required system for determining and periodically broadcasting the aircraft’s location without the use of ground-based interrogation signals. Following testing and verification of these modifications on the first aircraft, Marshall will also supply Denel with service bulletin kits containing all parts, components and instructions needed to perform the same modifications on four additional C-130 aircraft in South Africa. Marshall will also train Denel and SAAF technicians on the modification implementation processes. The first of the SAAF aircraft arrived at Cambridge on Friday 11th August ahead of modification work.
As Marshall Aerospace, the company are part of the privately-owned Marshall Group, headquartered in Cambridge. We employ a global team of over 2,000 highly skilled people at locations in the UK, the Netherlands, UAE, Canada and the USA. Marshall, which owns a broad portfolio of businesses in the Aerospace and Defence, Automotive, Fleet Management, Property and Education sectors, boasts a rich heritage with aviation dating back to 1912 when its mechanics played a key role in the repair of the British Army Airship Beta II. Since then, the Marshall name has become synonymous with the aerospace industry, not least because of its long history of apprenticeships that has seen it launch the careers of over 20,000 apprentices, lots of whom remain in the business and many of whom have gone on forge amazing careers elsewhere in the industry.