Lockheed Martin announces new C-130 heavy maintenance centre
Lockheed Martin has announced that Cascade Aerospace will become the second C-130 Heavy Maintenance Centre (HMC) in the world, expanding upon the company’s current role as Hercules Service Centre (HSC) and in-service support provider for Canada's legacy CC-130 and new CC-130J fleets. Lockheed Martin made the announcement 10 August 2012.
Lockheed Martin pointed to the increasing interest of the C-130 aircraft support worldwide as a motivator for the change. More than 1,450 C-130s are currently operating in 65 countries around the globe, and Lockheed Martin’s C-130J delivery backlog and order book continues to be ‘strong’, the company said. An HMC is one that is authorised to work on the new C-130J aircraft whereas an HSC is authorised to do work on the legacy C-130B-H aircraft.
Canada received its 17th CC-130J aircraft earlier this year. Cascade's team supports the day-to-day activities of both the CC-130J and legacy model aircraft at Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 8 Wing Trenton, the hub of air mobility operations in Canada under a 20 year contract issued by Lockheed Martin in 2010. Cascade also provides fleet management services directly to the RCAF for their legacy model C-130 fleet.
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