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Bangladeshi C-130J fleet reaches full strength with Marshall's support

June 25, 2024 (by Nicholas Maxfield) - Marshall has delivered the last of five C-130J Super Hercules aircraft #99-5481 to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), marking a key moment in the nation's long-term investment in sovereign airlift capacity.

Bangladesh Air Force C-130J #99-5481 was seen at Marshall of Cambridge at Cambridge Airport on June 24, 2024, during the ceremonial handover. [Photo from Marshall Aerospace]

Representatives from the Bangladesh High Commission in London and the BAF joined the Marshall team at the company's headquarters in Cambridge yesterday to formally celebrate the handover of the final aircraft.

Marshall's multi-million-pound programme to upgrade and enhance the BAF C-130J fleet originated in 2018 and 2019, following the acquisition of the aircraft from the UK Ministry of Defence. The most substantial work packages have included decommissioning the aircraft from their previous service within the UK Royal Air Force's fleet while integrating state-of-the-art avionics and installing capability enhancements including passenger transport and survival equipment.

"I am delighted to be here to preside over a proud moment for the entire Bangladesh Air Force, as we mark the culmination of a multi-year Investment into our fleets towards the realisation of Forces Goal 2030 as envisioned by Prime Minister Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina," said Her Excellency Saida Muna Tasneem, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK and Ireland.

"The work performed here in Cambridge will directly support us in fulfilling our operational commitments for decades to come, and I would like to thank the Marshall team for their expertise and commitment.

"The BAF-Marshall relationship perfectly exemplifies the collaborative spirit and commitment to shared interests that underpin the growing UK-Bangladesh defence relationship."

While all five aircraft are now in active service with the BAF, Marshall is scheduled to deliver further modifications in the near future. Marshall will also continue to support the BAF with a range of technical services including global engineering support, supply chain and logistics management, spare parts procurement and provision of training.

"It has been a privilege to partner with the Bangladesh Air Force over the last six years as they have created a world-leading tactical airlift capability," said Marshall Chief Growth Officer Bob Baxter.

"Fielding these five C-130J Super Hercules aircraft with a range of sophisticated upgrades will ensure the BAF's mission-readiness to support UN peace-keeping and humanitarian missions around the world, and this is something we are proud to have contributed to.

Courtesy of Marshall of Cambridge

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    Bangladesh Air Force C-130J #99-5481 was seen with engines running at Marshall of Cambridge at Cambridge Airport on June 18, 2025. [Photo from Marshall Aerospace]

    Bangladesh Air Force C-130J #99-5481 was seen at Marshall of Cambridge at Cambridge Airport on June 24, 2024. [Photo from Marshall Aerospace]