The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has recently inducted the first Austrian Air Force C-130 aircraft the for a ‘C’ Check into Depot Level Maintenance at its contractor facility in Portugal.

The ‘C’ check is an extensive check of individual systems and components for serviceability and functionality of the aircraft. It involves extensive tooling, equipment testing and requires special skill levels. These activities normally take between 6 to 18 months to be completed.

Over the next five years, NSPA will complete further ‘C’ Checks for other aircraft of the Austrian AF C-130 fleet. Austria is one of the three Nations of the NSPO Fixed Wing Aircraft Support Partnership participating in the C-130 aircraft Depot Level Maintenance project. Nations benefit from an extensive range of services and capabilities for their C-130 aircraft fleets, managed by NSPA through existing contracts. This includes maintenance (overhaul, repair and upgrade) of the aircraft and its mechanical, electrical and avionics components.

In addition to the Austrian aircraft, other four C-130 aircrafts are currently at the NSPA’s contractor facilities undergoing various types of maintenance activities.

The C-130 Hercules is the longest running military aircraft in production for over 60 years, with its latest version C-130J Super Hercules currently under production.