The MOD has awarded Marshall Aerospace a £1.52 billion contract to support its
fleet of Hercules transport aircraft. The contract will guarantee improved
availability of aircraft to the RAF over the next 24 years.
As prime contractor, Marshall Aerospace will work in partnership with the
Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), the Royal Air Force, Lockheed Martin and
Rolls-Royce to deliver the Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS)
programme. The contract will see up to 60 new jobs created in Cambridge and will
help secure work for the future for around 500 staff at Marshall Aerospace who
are currently employed in the support of the Hercules fleet.
The contract covers all aspects of Hercules support. Depth maintenance will be
provided by Marshall Aerospace at Cambridge. The Royal Air Force will continue
to provide frontline forward maintenance. These will both be supported by the
Lockheed Martin-led supply chain and propulsion system support from Rolls Royce.
Together these packages mean that the Royal Air Force's Hercules fleet will be
kept available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year world-wide.
"This contract will transform the way we support Hercules and will see real
benefits for our Armed Forces as it guarantees aircraft to the front line, ready
to fly, more of the time. It is an excellent example of the Defence Industrial
Strategy in action where we are working more closely with industry to ensure the
future sustainment of a vital military capability. The Hercules has a superb
operational record and our contract with Marshall Aerospace will ensure that
this continues. This contract is also good news for the British taxpayer, saving
in excess of £171m over the next 24 years"
The HIOS program, which will provide guaranteed levels of aircraft availability
whilst reducing cost and enhancing capability to respond to new challenges,
demonstrates that the MOD is delivering on its Defence Industrial Strategy.
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