StandardAero has been awarded a contract to support and maintain the propulsion systems of the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s (RNLAF) C-130H and C-130H-30 Hercules military transport aircraft.
Under the multi-year contract, the company will provide maintenance and engineering support for the Rolls-Royce T56-A-15LFE engines, Lockheed Martin quick engine changes (QECs), Hamilton Sundstrand 54H60 propellers, and all related components.
StandardAero Government and Military senior vice president Harinder Grewal: "This contract award represents a key strategic opportunity for StandardAero to expand our regionally-based support for both C-130 and P-3 propulsion systems within the European market."
Grewal added: "This regional expansion offers European C-130 operators with the benefits of our industry-leading services and extends our reach to the broader international T56/501D community."
The contract also recognises the advantages provided by StandardAero to C-130 and P-3 Orion operators over their service cycle, including enhanced performance and reduced support costs.
Manufactured by Lockheed, C-130 Hercules is a military transport aircraft designed to support airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, maritime patrol and aerial firefighting missions worldwide.
Equipped with a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a propulsion system with a four-bladed propeller, the aircraft is capable of accommodating a payload of up to 20t, or more than 90 passengers.
A stretched variant of the original Hercules, C-130H-30 is extensively operated by RNLAF for troop and material transportation and for humanitarian assistance missions around Afghanistan.
StandardAero’s combined Rolls-Royce T56/501D Authorised Maintenance Center and Lockheed Martin Authorised C-130 QEC Service Center located in Winnipeg, Canada, will provide primary support activity, while domestic support will be delivered by StandardAero’s European Service Center in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Image: RNLAF’s C-130H Hercules being displayed at the 2009 Royal International Air Tattoo in England. Photo: Courtesy of MilborneOne.