Airbus RAAF C-130J maintenance deal extended

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 21, 2018
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft on the tarmac at RAAF Base Darwin prior to flying to Indonesia to deliver humanitarian aid. (Defence)
A RAAF C-130J Hercules aircraft on the tarmac at RAAF Base Darwin. (Defence)

Airbus Australia Pacific will continue to provide through life support (TLS) for the RAAF’s Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules for a further two years through to 2024.

The TLS contract is structured as a six-year rolling agreement and has been held by Airbus since 2009, with the work performed at the C-13OJ’s home base of RAAF Richmond west of Sydney.

“Airbus reduced sustainment costs by $10 million over the 2019 to 2024 period,” Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said.

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“The contract extension out to 2024 will secure the ongoing employment of approximately 220 industry personnel, located at RAAF Base Richmond.”

The RAAF’s 37 Squadron has operated 12 C-130J-30s from Richmond since 1999.

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