Australia's Qantas Airways has renewed a contract with the country's Defence Materiel Organisation for the maintenance and support of the air force's fleet of 12 Lockheed Martin C-130H tactical transports.

Qantas Defence Services, a subsidiary of Australia's flag carrier, originally won the contract in 1999.

The three-year extension, which is worth A$136 million ($118 million), will cover a range of maintenance, engineering and logistics support activities for the Royal Australian Air Force's air lift system program office.

 RAAF C-130H - Australian DoD
© Australian Department of Defence

The Qantas subsidiary provides maintenance, supply and training support to major Australian defence aerospace capabilities. This includes the Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour engines which power the RAAF's BAE Systems Hawk 127 advanced jet trainers. It is also modifiying four of the service's new Airbus Military A330/KC-30A multi-role tanker transports.

Source: Flight International