Aerospace jobs at risk as Ministry of Defence retires Hercules aircraft

A C130 Hercules aircraft
A C130 Hercules Credit: Marshall Aerospace and Defence

Jobs at Marshall Aerospace could be under threat with the announcement by the Ministry of Defence that its fleet of C-130 aircraft will be taken out of service by 2023.

Engineers from the Cambridge based company service the aircraft, which are a familiar sight in the company's hangars.

It had been hoped the aircraft would remain in service for a longer period of time to allow the company to grow other parts of its business.  Senior managers say they are hopeful that potential job losses can be minimised.

The company, which employs more than 1600 staff, has 17 long term international customers which fly C-130s. Managers say they are continuing to win more servicing and maintenance contracts with overseas operators who still operate Hercules aircraft.