The Swedish Armed Forces Defence Materiel Administration, Försvarets materielverk, has awarded a new contract to UK-based Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to support the C-130 aircraft fleet for the Swedish Air Force.

Under the terms of the contract, Marshall Aerospace will be responsible for providing ‘depth maintenance services’ for the fleet.

The current long-term contract will allow the company to continue offering support services to its longest-standing international C-130 customer until the end of 2021. However, the agreement includes an option to extend the contract.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group chief executive officer Alistair McPhee said: “We are proud to have won this contract to support the Swedish Air Force Fleet of C-130 aircraft.

“We are proud to have won this contract to support the Swedish Air Force Fleet of C-130 aircraft.”

“To have supported the Swedish Air Force for over four decades is incredible and I look forward to what we can achieve in the future.”

Since 1974, the Marshall Aerospace has provided support to the Swedish Armed Forces’ C-130 fleet through a maintenance programme that covers all levels of maintenance, engineering support, technical modifications, surge requirement support at base, and supply chain services.

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Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group Military Aerospace managing director Rupert Dix said: “The Swedish Air Force has trusted us for over 40 years to support their C-130 fleet and this new contract demonstrates, once again, both the value and service that we are committed to providing our customers.”

Developed by Lockheed Martin, the C-130 aircraft is equipped with ground-target radar, 20mm Gatling guns, 40mm cannons, a side-firing 105mm Howitzer, and C-130s morphed into AC-130 gunships.