Malaysian Aerospace Firm AIROD Delivers First KC-130J Aircraft to U.S. Marine Corps Under Maintenance Contract
Malaysian aerospace firm Aircraft Inspection, Repair & Overhaul Depot Sdn Bhd (AIROD) has completed repairs on the first U.S. KC-130J aircraft under contract in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Transport Refueler Squadron based in Japan. AIROD delivered the aircraft to the Marine Corps at a ceremony located at Subang Airport on Thursday, August 4, 2016.
The U.S. Navy’s Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka signed a five-year, $25-million contract with Malaysian aerospace firm AIROD on June 29, 2015. The contract employs approximately 25 engineers and technicians to service thirteen KC-130J aircraft.
U.S. Brigadier General Russell A. Sanborn, Commanding General 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, attended the event. Also in attendance was AIROD CEO Major General Ir Dato Ibrahim bin Bahari RMAF (Rtd), and U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Counselor Frank Whitaker.
U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Counselor Frank Whitaker said, “This partnership allows the U.S. military to maintain its effectiveness and to ensure peace and stability in the region.”
The agreement represents a significant U.S. government direct investment in the Malaysian aerospace defense industry.
Located in Subang, Malaysia, AIROD provides aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services to support Royal Malaysian Air Force aircraft. AIROD has provided services to the U.S. Air Force under a previous U.S. government contract and is an authorized Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules service center.