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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.

“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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