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13 juillet 2011 3 13 /07 /juillet /2011 07:20


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July 12, 2011 defpro.com


AirTanker is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract today, 11 July 2011 with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide hangar space for the maintenance of its C130 aircraft.


The contract provides the Royal Air Force (RAF) with exclusive use of one bay of the AirTanker Hub as a temporary line maintenance facility for up to two C-130 aircraft over a 16 month period. The scope includes all storage, heating, overhead lighting, power, cleaning and air services. Amenities for up to 25 maintenance personnel are also provided on site by AirTanker within the new facilities at RAF Brize Norton.


AirTanker is a long term service provider to the RAF and this particular contract demonstrates how we are able to respond flexibly to the needs of our RAF customer.


The AirTanker Hub is more than just a hangar. It is a maintenance facility, flight operations centre and also provides office accommodation for all those Military and Civilian personnel involved in the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme. In addition, AirTanker has developed a purpose built, state of the art training facility which houses a full flight simulator and part task trainers as well as several well equipped training classrooms. AirTanker personnel moved into their facility at RAF Brize Norton, as planned, in May 2011 and the first FSTA aircraft is due to arrive towards the end of this year.


Dave Mitchard, Managing Director of AirTanker Services Ltd said:


‘We welcome this early involvement with the RAF, which demonstrates the flexibility of our contract with our customer and look forward to the C130 crews joining us in our hangar from August. Naturally, our priority is to make sure that the FSTA programme remains on schedule and that we are ready for the arrival of the first aircraft towards the end of this year’.

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