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UK decision to withdraw Hercules leaves Marshall ‘disappointed’
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group was taken slightly by surprise by the UK MoD decision (revealed on 22 March in its Command Paper) to take the RAF fleet of 14 C-130J Hercules transport aircraft out of service by 2023.
However, the UK company announced on 23 March that it is ‘confident it can reduce the number of potential job losses’ by finding resale customers for the aircraft.
‘We have been anticipating that the MoD would bring forward the out of service date for the C-130 fleet, however we had not expected such a short timeframe,’ said CEO Gary Moynehan.
Describing the announcement as ‘disappointing news’, as ‘our partnership with the RAF has remained the bedrock of our C-130 operation’, he added that ‘we expect to support the RAF in the successful resale of the C-130 fleet’.
While the UK prepares to retire its Hercules fleet, Marshall still has 17 long-term international customers for C-130 MRO services, the most recent order coming in December 2020 from the Danish and Norwegian defence logistics organisations.
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