Malaysian Aircraft Inspection, Repair & Overhaul Depot Sdn Bhd (AIROD) has won a five-year contract from the US for the maintenance of KC-130J aircraft of the US Marine Corps Transport Refueler Squadron based in Iawakuni, Japan.
The first aircraft is expected to be flown in here for maintenance in January next year. the Malaysian Aerospace company announced Thursday.
The newly-awarded contract will also identify potential in-service repair workload which may develop during the life of the contract.
The in-service repair would cover other services, including component/part repairs, corrosion control, rework, drop-in repair, manufacturing parts and such for forward deployed US Navy and Marine Corps C-130 aircraft outside of the scope of organisational-level maintenance abilities.
According to AIROD, several aviation partner firms in Malaysia would also be providing a supporting role to the programme.
Col. Anna M. Morris, the US Defence Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Pacific Commander said, DCMA Pacific looked forward to teaming up with the Fleet Readiness Centre Western Pacific (FRCWP) and AIROD to deliver the KC-130J aircraft to the warfighter.
“We will oversee and manage the balance between cost, schedule and delivery to achieve the desired defence capability.” The commander said.
“AIROD brings great skills and field repair capabilities to FRCWP and the KC-130J fleet in the Pacific.” FRCWP’s C-130 Program Management Technical Representative Timothy Campbell said.