Marshall Aerospace awarded Tristar Integrated Operational Support contract


Marshall Aerospace is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a £97m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to sustain the Royal Air Force’s Tristar fleet. Under Tristar Integrated Operational Support (TRIOS), the UK MOD and Industry will provide integrated maintenance, engineering and supply support to the RAF’s fleet until 2015.

The RAF’s TriStar fleet is operated by No 216 Squadron, based at RAF Brize Norton, which is responsible for providing the UK 'Airbridge' to the Middle East. TRIOS will introduce new processes and specialist roles to Brize Norton, supplementing the MOD’s Front Office, while strengthening the supply chain presence.

Air Refuelling & Communications IPT Leader, Group Captain Adam Nor thcote Wright, ARC IPT Leader said: "The signing of the TRIOS contract marks the successful conclusion of many months' hard work by the ARC IPT and Marshall of Cambridge. It is an excellent achievement, which has been made possible only by the efforts and focus of those in our team and our industry partners. They have worked tirelessly towards an innovative and cost effective solution, and I am confident that all parties will benefit from this contract.
TriStar aircraft provide crucial airlift capability, which enable current operations. The TRIOS contract provides a better support solution, which will enhance our ability to deliver TriStar aircraft at the front line."

The TRIOS contract brings together Industry partners Marshall Aerospace, Flight Support Services (FSS) and Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) with the UK MOD, to provide a truly integrated support solution. FSS will act as the Prime Spares Supplier from their base in Fergus Ontario, Canada, while ADAT will deliver aircraft 'Availability-from-Depth' covering heavy maintenance and modification work form its facility in Abu Dhabi, UAE, both under new incentivised arrangements. Cambridge will act as the hub for TRIOS, linking engineering, supply, aircraft maintenance and programme management.

Marshall Aerospace's Chief Executive, Martin Broadhurst, said "We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the Royal Air Force, UK MOD, ADAT and FSS to deliver sustainable availability for the TriStar fleet through to its out of service date.  The TriStar is a vital component in the Royal Air Force capability and the company is delighted to have the opportunity to continue its association with this great aircraft."

Tony Martin, President & Director of Sales at FSS, added that "Flight Support Services of Canada Ltd is proud to be associated with Marshall Aerospace in providing ongoing spares logistic support for and on behalf of the Royal Air Force and in particular 216 Squadron. This partnership can only enhance the ongoing reliability of the L-1011 platform and the theatre missions that the aircraft are consistently called upon to perform."

Chief Executive of ADAT Mr John Byers added "We are committed to TRIOS and through this delivery vehicle will continue to provide our first class MRO service to the MOD. Our partnership with MA will ensure timely aircraft availability for RAF's operational requirements".


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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