The Austrian Air Force has awarded a multi-million-pound contract to Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to update the navigation systems on its fleet of three C-130K aircraft.

Following on from the Night Vision System upgrade modification of the Flight Management System in 2017, Marshall ADG say they will now design and update the Electronic Flight Instrument System displays, Standby Instrument and Flight Management System across the fleet.

Duncan Eldridge, Managing Director of Marshall ADG’s Military Aerospace business said:

“We’re thrilled to be awarded the contract to do this avionics modification work, which will extend the current capabilities of the aircraft. The Austrian Air Force is an important customer and we know that their C-130 fleet is used extensively to perform supply tasks in support of their troops around the globe, as well as being on standby for other critical missions. Marshall ADG has a strong pedigree for carrying out modifications on C-130 aircraft and we are pleased that the Austrian Air Force has shown continued trust in our comprehensive engineering capabilities.”

Marshall ADG will begin the design phase of this project through the middle of this year and complete the embodiment of the modification on the fleet as the aircraft are inducted into Marshall’s Cambridge facility for scheduled maintenance.

Head of Air Material Staff Austrian Air Force, Brig Gen Peter Wessely, said:

“The AAF has had 18 years of good relationship with Marshall ADG. With their experience and their competence, they have carried out many modifications and maintenance to our full satisfaction. This smart modification designed by Marshall will solve our known problem with the Heading Indication on our Primary Flight Instruments without replacing our highly integrated Inertial Navigation Units. They also found a smart solution to solve current obsolescence problems in our navigation installation. The software upgrade to our integrated Secondary Flight Display iSFD will improve the reliability of our VSI system and subsequently the availability of the aircraft.”

The Austrian Air Force purchased the three transport aircraft from the UK Ministry of Defence in 2003 when the Royal Air Force started the transition of their fleet to C-130Js. Marshall has been supporting these aircraft ever since, providing depth maintenance, engineering and logistics support.

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We seem to get rid of good gear constantly tha5 other nations keep going for decades more.


we keep our more modern hercs and replace the older ones with a400m, a more capable aircraft


Yeah makes sense, but it’s not just aircraft we do it with.


Thhink of the fatigue wear on our Herc’s, they have a pretty rough life and compare that with say these Austrian Herc’s. So as aircraft get older, not just airframe fatigue but constant replacement of old components, it’s often not viable to keep updating them. Plus when a government buys it’s shiny new toys, they often don’t bother buying spare parts, better to trumpet buying 50 aircraft, than 25 and sufficient spares to cover for their lifetime… an engineer that’s by personal bugbear


Yeah from what i hear we British use our aircraft far more than say the French or italians, flight hours each month seem to be pretty high. But I suppose that’s why we have the best pilots in my opinion.