28 May '12, 12pm

A new £350m MOD contract to maintain the Royal Air Force's Hercules aircraft will support 500 UK jobs.

This will help support operations in Afghanistan with greater resilience through continuing maintenance of the fleet. Hercules aircraft are a vital part of the RAF's fleet, carrying troops, supplies and equipment in support of operations around the world. They also perform lifesaving medical evacuation missions, transporting injured personnel home from Afghanistan. The deal with Marshall Aerospace will sustain 500 UK jobs, with the majority based in the company's facility at Cambridge Airport. Work will also be undertaken by Lockheed Martin at sites in Havant, Stansted and Gloucester, and by Rolls-Royce and its sub-contractor Vector Aerospace in Filton, Hook, Croydon and Brize Norton. Lockheed Martin will look after supply chain management and Rolls-Royce will maintain the engines. This Hercules Integrated Operational Support contract saves the MOD £170m by replacing sever...

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