Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group will maintain the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s C-130H fleet up to its out of service date after securing a contract.

The contract was signed on 20 December 2018 during the Eindhoven Air Base ceremony in the presence of senior Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and Royal Netherlands Air Force officials.

It was determined that Marshall’s bid was the most economically advantageous following a careful and thorough verification and evaluation process.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group CEO Alistair McPhee said, “This is a very important contract for the company and further builds on the 22-year history that Marshall has in supporting the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

“The relationships between Marshall and the Netherlands are extremely strong and we look forward to providing a world class service to the C-130H fleet as we sustain the aircraft through to the end of their operational service.”

Royal Netherlands Air Force Director of Sustainment and Logistics Air Commodore Richard Laurijssen said “This contract is a further step into modern sustainment and logistics for our C-130 fleet. Our job is about availability and affordability for the RNLAF and this modern approach is needed for that.

“The new contract comprises a lot more than previous separate contracts and defines a future collaboration where more will be achieved by combining our collective knowledge and skills. It will help to fulfil my ambition to build a joint capability for more predictive maintenance and logistics.”

Laurijssen added: “A contract like this can only rest on a strong strategic partnership and that is what I value in particular. I am looking forward to extending the successful and inspiring cooperation with Marshall.”

Marshall will deliver a turn-key solution to the Royal Netherlands Air Force covering aircraft maintenance, engine maintenance and supply chain management as part of the multi-year total sustainment contract.

The company has already carried out a major Cockpit Upgrade Programme on the fleet and currently holds the Engineering Support contract. The contract means Marshall will again be working with the local defence industry in the Netherlands.

Marshall has also recently signed a contract worth more than £100 million to supply the next generation of containers to the Dutch Armed Forces under the Defensiebrede Vervanging Operationele Wielvoertuigen (DVOW) programme.