ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—A British Columbia aerospace and defence contractor has been name an authorized Hercules heavy maintenance centre (HMC) by Lockheed Martin, making it one of only two such centres in the world.
According to Cascade Aerospace Inc., the Bethesda, Md.-based firm formalized a deal to make it one of only two authorized C-130J Hercules HMCs in the world.
The designation also makes Cascade’s Abbotsford, B.C., facility qualified as both a C-130 and C-130J service centre.
“Cascade has a long history of repair, overhaul and upgrades with military and commercial legacy C-130 Hercules aircraft,” Ben Boehm, Cascade executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said in a statement.
Cascade is partnered with Lockheed Martin to support the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) C-130J fleet under a 20-year contract and provides fleet management services directly to the RCAF for its legacy C-130 Hercules fleet.
“With more than 1,400 C-130s operating in 70 countries, it is essential to have a global support network to keep these Hercules aircraft ready to support any mission—anytime, anywhere,” Lockheed Martin vice-president and general manager of C-130 programs George Shultz said.
“Cascade has long supported Canada’s CC-130 fleet and this new designation ensures it will continue to be an essential partner for Hercules operators in Canada and beyond.”
Cascade is an operating unit of IMP Aerospace & Defence.