StandardAero has been designated as an authorised quick engine change (QEC) service centre by Lockheed Martin to provide Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) maintenance services for the C130J Super Hercules aircraft.
The approval formalises a support arrangement with a key original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for C-130J QEC services that StandardAero has been performing since 2000, as reported by AviationPros.com.
Lockheed has already designated the company to offer QEC support for the C-130B-H legacy Hercules aircraft.
The new agreement offers additional alternatives to the existing C-130J operators for propulsion sustainment and support by leveraging the company’s MRO experience on T56 and AE2100 turboprop engines.
StandardAero Defense and Energy Services vice-president Fritz Wolkenstein said: "We now hold all available OEM authorisations to support full power plant services on both the legacy Hercules C-130 (B-H models) and Super Hercules C-130 (J model)."
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics C-130 Programs vice-president and general manager George Shultz said: "As the airlifter of choice for 16 nations, the C-130J Super Hercules fleet requires a global support system to ensure it continues to go anywhere and do anything.
"StandardAero has been a trusted partner for legacy Hercules operators, providing essential support and expertise.
"StandardAero’s QEC designation means that Super Hercules operators now have access to an industry resource endorsed by Lockheed Martin and the C-130 Programme."
The new licence agreement features renewal options, which enables the company to perform QEC services at its facility in Winnipeg, Canada, through until the end of 2017.
StandardAero already supports several C-130 fleets and operators worldwide, including the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Air Force, US Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and the Coast Guard, among others through contracts.
In addition, the company holds Rolls-Royce authorised maintenance centre status on the AE2100 and T56 turboprop engines for C-130J Hercules, as well as full capability on the 54H60 propeller.
Image: A USAF C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in flight during a training exercise. Photo: courtesy of USAF.