Lockheed Martin company Derco has signed a contract to serve as the exclusive repair centre for all C-130 and F-16 aircraft components manufactured by US-based company Arkwin Industries.
The current agreement between the two companies complements Derco’s exclusive distribution agreement and expands the collaboration between the firms that started last year.
Under the deal, Derco will repair all Arkwin components for the C-130 and F-16 military aircraft at its 80,000ft² Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified repair centre.
Arkwin Sales and Marketing director Adam Crossman said: “By working with Derco, our customers know all repairs will be made with authentic Arkwin parts and meet or exceed Arkwin standards.
“We will also be receiving repair activity reports so that data can be used to continue product forecasting and improvement.”
Arkwin has provided training to the technicians from Derco on component repairs in order to ensure that all components are able to either meet or exceed original equipment manufacturer (OEM) quality standards.
Derco Repair director Jason Wiedoff said: “We are proud to expand our relationship with Arkwin and support operators in a greater capacity.
“As both a distribution and repair source, we are able to provide operators with better pricing and quicker turnaround times on Arkwin component repairs.
“Every part that we repair or overhaul is returned to the customer with the assurance of OEM quality backed by a warranty.”
Developed by Lockheed Martin, the C-130 aircraft is deployed by the US Air Force to carry out the tactical portion of the airlift mission.
The aircraft is capable of carrying airdrop loads up to 42,000lb and uses its high-flotation landing gear to land and deliver cargo on rough, dirt strips.
Lockheed’s 49.3ft-long F-16 Fighting Falcon is a combat-proven fourth-generation multi-role fighter jet.