Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (ADG) has been awarded a five-year contract to support the Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transport fleet of the Armée de l’Air du Cameroun (Cameroon Air Force, CAF).
The deal was initially signed last year at the air arm’s headquarters in Yaoundé – the nation’s capital city – but the agreement has only just been ratified by Cameroon’s government.
Under the contract, Marshall ADG will provide in-depth maintenance and technical support for the CAF’s C-130H fleet. It will carry out this work at its facility in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK for the duration of the agreement.
The company will also provide training to air force personnel, further ensuring that they have the necessary skills to deliver frontline maintenance and support to Cameroon’s Hercules fleet. To accomplish this and enable the best possible delivery of services, Marshall ADG will work closely with Aeromec, a logistical partner of the CAF.
CAF Chief of Air Staff, Brig Gen Jean-Calvin Momha, said: “The Cameroon Air Force demands the very highest standards of support across all its fleets and the C-130 provides [a] critical capability to our important airlift missions.
“Marshall ADG has an excellent reputation within the industry for providing world-class support on the C-130 and our evaluation process confirmed that their solution delivered the best value for money. We look forward to developing a solid long-term relationship with Marshall and seeing the benefits that their experience will bring to our C-130 operations”, he added.
Alistair McPhee, CEO of Marshall ADG, added: “We are delighted that the [CAF] selected our tender as the most competitive solution to deliver support to the operations of their C-130 fleet… We are proud to support the largest customer base of C-130 operators in the world and this latest contract is very much testimony to the extensive knowledge and expertise of our skilled workforce on large military aircraft.”
Cameroon operates two short-bodied C-130H Hercules tactical transports – serials TJ-XCD (c/n 4752) and TJ-XCF (c/n 4747) – which entered operational service with the air arm in August 1977. The CAF also operates a single stretched C-130H-30 – serial TJX-CE (c/n 4933) – which began operations in October 1982. All three aircraft are operated by the 22ème Escadron Aerien (22nd Air Squadron) at BA 201 Douala (a part of Douala International Airport).