The sale of two UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft to Bangladesh has been confirmed by a support contract announced by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group on 10 May.
“The acquisition of C-130J aircraft from the Royal Air Force provides a key enhancement to our current airlift capability,” a Bangladeshi Air Force representative was quoted as saying during the signing ceremony that was held on the same day as the announcement at the service’s headquarters in Dhaka.
The Marshall Aerospace will also be carrying out important modifications to the aircraft, such as the design, development and installation of a MEDEVAC capability, to enable the Bangladesh Air Force to carry out important tasks within the country and overseas delivering support to UN missions.
The Bangladeshi Air Force to retire the four C-130Bs that it has fielded since 2001. The Bangladesh Air Force acquired secondhand C-130Bs from the United States through excess defense article.
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