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Bangladeshi C-130J fleet reaches full strength with Marshall’s support

Marshall has delivered the last of five C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), marking a key moment in the nation’s long-term investment in sovereign airlift capacity.

Representatives from the Bangladesh High Commission in London and the BAF joined the Marshall team at the company’s headquarters in Cambridge yesterday to formally celebrate the handover of the final aircraft.

Marshall’s multi-million pound programme to upgrade and enhance the BAF C-130J fleet originated in 2018 and 2019, following the acquisition of the aircraft from the UK Ministry of Defence. The most substantial work packages have included decommissioning the aircraft from their previous service within the UK Royal Air Force’s fleet, while integrating state-of-the-art avionics and installing capability enhancements including passenger transport and survival equipment.

“I am delighted to be here to preside over a proud moment for the entire Bangladesh Air Force, as we mark the culmination of a multi-year Investment into our fleets towards realisation of Forces Goal 2030 as envisioned by Prime Minister Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina,” said Her Excellency Saida Muna Tasneem, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK and Ireland.

While all five aircraft are now in active service with the BAF, Marshall is scheduled to deliver further modifications in the near future. Marshall will also continue to support the BAF with a range of technical services including global engineering support, supply chain and logistics management, spare parts procurement and provision of training.