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£369m MoD Hercules support deal sustains 1,200 UK jobs

30 December 2015

The Ministry of Defence has agreed a £369 million deal for the continued in-service support of the RAF Hercules C-130J fleet, securing around 1,200 UK jobs until 2022.

A C130J Hercules aircraft (photo: Crown copyright)

The Hercules aircraft – one of the RAF’s workhorses – are a vital part of its transport fleet, carrying troops, supplies and equipment in support of operations around the world. Recently, they have been involved in humanitarian relief efforts in Iraq, Nepal and South Sudan.

The support contract plays a crucial role in maintaining the aircraft’s availability and is in line with the Government’s recent Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) announcement to extend the life of the aircraft until 2030.

As well as securing 1,200 jobs, around 1,100 of which are based in Cambridge, savings of £64 million for the taxpayer have been achieved during negotiations with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group for the six year support contract.

Work will also be undertaken by Lockheed Martin and its sub-contractors at sites in Havant, Stansted and Cheltenham. The Havant team have around 25 people supporting the programme, with nine of those based at Brize Norton and between ten to 15 directly based in Havant, with more jobs supported across the UK in the supply chain.

Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce will undertake work in Filton and Brize Norton.  Lockheed Martin will look after supply chain management while Rolls-Royce will maintain the engines.

Since June 2006 more than £1bn has been awarded to UK industry by the MOD to maintain the Royal Air Force’s Hercules aircraft.

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