CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF WORLDCLASS PARTNERSHIP 50th year of supporting the RAF C-130 aircraft. Not surprisingly, the company intends to celebrate its half-century in style, “We have some exciting plans. Rest assured we will be celebrating 50 years of world-class partnership with our partners, employees and suppliers. We will mark the occasion by recognising the work of those who have, are and will play a part in the support of the C-130 to 2035.”
A LONG TRADITION OF SUPPORT TO THE MOD Steve Fitz-Gerald CEO, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group “Signing the £369 million contract for the continued in-service support of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) C-130J fleet was a highlight for me in 2015. We are incredibly proud to have supported the Hercules fleet since 1966, and the announcement to extend the life of the aircraft in RAF service until 2035 recognises the crucial role that the C-130 plays in support of operations around the world,” says Steve Fitz-Gerald, CEO of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group. The contract was a fitting way to end 2015, especially as 2016 marks Marshall’s
Marshall Aerospace, now in its 106th year, is one of the United Kingdom’s leading aerospace and defence companies, and one of a select few that are privately owned. The company has a wide portfolio across the commercial and defence markets, and has long been associated with the UK’s defence sector. Fitz-Gerald reinforces this relationship, saying: “We are proud to be delivering and supporting national security critical and operationally sovereign services to UK defence.” Beyond the C-130 work, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group also supplies fuel tanks for the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, nine of which will be delivered to the RAF over the rest of the decade. This activity is another
success story for the company. “We have just delivered our 400th auxiliary fuel tank in support of Boeing’s P-8 programme. Since 2012, every auxiliary tank has been delivered on time and we were honoured in 2014 to have been awarded with a ‘Supplier of the Year Award’,” says Fitz-Gerald. However, defence aerospace is not the only activity that Marshall excels in. The company was awarded a contract in September 2015 to provide a high-fidelity replica of the Ajax driver’s compartment, as part of the driver training modules for the British Army’s brand-new armoured reconnaissance vehicle. This work, which is being undertaken in collaboration with Thales subsidiary XPI Simulation Ltd, highlights Marshall’s ability to provide complex engineered solutions. FitzGerald and his colleagues are hoping that this will become a growth market for the company. “We expect this capability to be an area of opportunity for us going forward and it is exciting for us to be involved in another major MOD programme to support our Armed Forces on land, at sea and in the air,” he says. Beyond this activity, Marshall excels in another niche capability: that of mobile medical facilities. “The UK MOD has taken delivery of a mobile hospital system supplied by the company to enhance its operational medical capability as part of Joint Force 2025,” Fitz-Gerald reveals. Marshall is enjoying success in overseas trade as well. The company is expanding its export portfolio and has won a 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. The award recognises how, during the course of three consecutive financial years, Marshall saw an increase of almost 70% in its international trade.