Lockheed Martin still sees the C-130J as being the solution to SAAF airlift capacity
Dennys Plessas, Vice President Business Initiatives at Lockheed Martin, has reason to feel better about what the American aerospace giant is getting from its South African maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agent than it is from those holding the purse strings of the national Defence budget. He and a group of high-powered colleagues are this week again in South Africa keeping a weather eye on local Lockheed interests – primarily 28 Squadron of the SA Air Force (SAAF) and Denel Aviation. He told defenceWeb there are currently 120 of the company’s best known product – the C-130 Hercules – in service on the African continent with only Tunisia, at this stage, operating the latest J model Super Hercules. “That many aircraft need maintenance and I’m happy with what our MRO, Denel Aviation, is achieving in this regards,” he said adding he had “only last week” referred another operator to the Ekurhuleni-based Lockheed Martin approved maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider. “I obviously followed that up with a call to Denel to ensure they follow up as well,” he said in Pretoria, adding the next operator of the latest model of the C-130 in Africa would be Egypt.