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Cascade Aerospace and Canada's C-130J In Service Support


Abbotsford, BC, Canada - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company has selected Cascade Aerospace Inc. to provide aircraft maintenance, engineering, modification, and support services for Canada’s new fleet of 17 CC-130J Super Hercules Tactical Lift aircraft.

Lockheed Martin signed a contract with the Government of Canada in January of 2008 for the purchase of 17 CC-130J Super Hercules airlifters and related equipment and services. The contract includes utilizing Canadian industry for twenty years of in service support for the fleet. The aircraft and support programs, and the resulting Industrial Regional Benefits, represent many hundreds of millions of dollars in business for Canadian industry.

Under its contract with Lockheed Martin, Cascade Aerospace will conduct third line maintenance (also known as heavy maintenance) and modifications on Canada’s CC-130J fleet at Cascade’s Abbotsford, BC headquarters, as well as provide technical and maintenance support at 8 Wing Trenton, ON, DND’s main CC-130 operational base. Key subcontractor Marshall Aerospace Canada, a subsidiary of world-leading C-130 expert Marshall Aerospace, will provide engineering support for the new fleet.

“We are extremely proud that Cascade has been selected to support the new workhorse of the Canadian Forces, the Super Hercules” says Ross Reynolds, Lockheed Martin Vice President C-130 programs. “Cascade proved time and time again throughout the rigorous selection process that it has the abilities, facilities and personnel necessary for this demanding task. Experience on this program will make Cascade a valuable support partner not only in Canada but around the world.”

“We are extremely pleased to win this C-130J work, and to serve as a long term partner to Lockheed Martin, a global leader in tactical airlift aircraft and their sustainment,” says David Schellenberg, Cascade Aerospace President & CEO. “We look forward to working with Lockheed Martin to collectively provide the men and women of our Canadian Forces with the operational support they will need over the next two decades, to carry out their vital missions at home and abroad. Our first priority is to provide high quality, high value support to Canada.”  General Manager of Marshall Aerospace Canada, John Wiltshire, says “We are delighted to bring our C-130 knowledge and experience to this new contract and to continue our excellent relationship with Cascade Aerospace.”
Canada’s first new CC-130J aircraft will be delivered in June 2010, and all 17 aircraft are expected to be delivered by May 2012.

In another vote of confidence from Lockheed Martin, Cascade Aerospace will soon become a Lockheed Martin-approved Hercules Service Center, joining only 13 other Lockheed Martin-approved C-130 Hercules Service Centers in the world. Cascade will also become a Lockheed Martin-approved C-130J Heavy Maintenance Center.

“We look forward to working closely with Lockheed Martin for Canada and to significantly expanding our C-130 business internationally,” says Dwayne Lucas, Cascade’s Senior Vice President of Government and Military Programs and Strategic Business Development. “There are currently over 2,300 C-130 aircraft operated worldwide. Our goal is to become one of the foremost C-130 Centers of Excellence in the world, and we will leverage our comprehensive C-130 capability to create tailored and valued solutions for our customers.”

Following the award of a performance-based contract by Canada’s DND in late 2005, Cascade Aerospace is the prime contractor for the comprehensive fleet management of Canada’s fleet of 32 earlier model CC-130E and CC-130H aircraft. It is under this contract that Cascade is responsible for managing all aspects of the in service support of Canada’s legacy model CC-130 fleet. Marshall Aerospace Canada, which is one of Cascade’s prime team members, currently provides extensive engineering support for Canada’s legacy model CC-130 aircraft.

Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.

Cascade Aerospace Inc. is a privately owned Canadian company specializing in managing complex, high value, long-term integrated aircraft service support programs. Serving commercial, government, military and OEM customers, Cascade provides services for comprehensive fleet and program management; aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul, & modification; and full spectrum engineering services. Cascade also develops specialty products and is currently working with CAE Inc., a world leader in integrated training solutions and simulation, to design and manufacture of C-130J operational and maintenance trainers for Canada’s DND. Cascade Aerospace is headquartered at its state-of-the-art, 250,000 square foot facility at Abbotsford, B.C. Canada and has operations at Trenton, ON; Spokane, WA, USA; and Marseilles, France.

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For additional information:
Lorna Thomassen
Director, Marketing
Direct: 604.557.2564

Posted 2010-03-26
Last Modified 2011-01-24 16:03