Marshall signs exclusive partnership with QinetiQ for C-130 armour


Marshall  Aerospace and Defence Group (Marshall  ADG) signed an  exclusive agreement with  QinetiQ to  market,  sell and install  the latest  generation of lightweight  armour (LAST Armor® LWA) for the C-130 Hercules.

The new armour  is half  the  weight  and offers air  crew the same  threat  protection as  the previous LAST Armor. It  also  saves fuel, reduces the impact on the aircraft’s centre of gravity and allows the C-130-30 variant  its  full cargo  carrying capacity.

Marshall  ADG will  be the first company  to certify the new lightweight  armour on the C -130 aircraft.

“Being able to offer C-130 operators a lightweight armour solution that provides the same level of threat protection as  the current LAST Armor demonstrates our commitment to protecting people in critical situations,”saidM arshall ADG’s Sales Director, Matthew Harvey.

“Crew safety is paramount and critical to mission success and we’re pleased to be able to provide this capability to customers through  this partnership with  QinetiQ."

This  increased operational capability  allows  air forces around the world to  operate in hostile  environments with  the confidence that  their crews are protected against  small  arms  fire.

Vice President of QinetiQ Inc., Dan Deguire, said: “Since 1995, LAST Armor has provided critical protection from small arms  fire on hundreds of C-130J,C-130E/H, C-5,  and C-17s, as  well as several other aircraft platforms.  We are excited to have this  opportunity to  partner with  Marshall  ADG to launch our next generation of improved lightweight  armor products worldwide.”

The armour is  manufactured from high tenacity polyethylene, making  it extremely robust, and  approximately  380kg (840lbs) lighter than the current LAST Armor solution  specifically on the  C -130J. This, combined with its environmental coatings ensures that  the armour remains relatively inert throughout  its  service life, even when operating  within  the harshest of  environments.  

The armour can be quickly and easily installed  during scheduled maintenance  or as a  standalone  activity,  thus  ensuring optimum  aircraft mission  availability.


Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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