C-130 Support

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Eric Hillewaert

As platforms age, OEM support for sustainment diminishes and end-users tasked with maintaining operational readiness are faced with critical supply chain deficits. Kellstrom Defense offers its military customer base legacy aircraft solutions that address these shortfalls. We are a global provider of comprehensive support for U.S. manufactured legacy defense platforms including fighters, transports, patrol aircraft and helicopters.

Systems Supported

21  Air Conditioning
22  Auto Flight
23  Communications
24  Electrical Power
25  Equipment & Furnishings
26  Fire Protection
27  Flight Controls
28  Fuel
29  Hydraulic Power
30  Ice and Rain Protection
31  Indicating Systems
32  Landing Gear
33  Lights
34  Navigation
35  Oxygen
36  Pneumatic
38  Waste and Water
39  Electronic Panels
49  Auxiliary Power Unit
51  Structures
52  Structures
53  Structures
54  Nacelles and Pylons
55  Structures
56  Structures
57  Structures
61  Propellers
71  Power Plant
72-79  Engines & Systems
80  Engine Starting


Kellstrom Defense is a stocking distributor of US DOD and OEM approved/Hologram components. Agreements with key industry partners to support this platform, including OEM’s and manufacturers, play a vital role in the company’s commitment to its “Total Support” approach to legacy platform sustainment. Kellstrom Defense has identified the major C-130 distribution channel deficits and partnered with providers to bridge that gap. We collaborate with OEM’s, manufacturers and Customers to establish a formula for the optimum balance between pricing and availability. Distribution agreements include but are not limited to:

Senior Aerospace


Kellstrom Repair Services owns and operates FAA approved Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities across multiple sites and employs an alliance of certified and licensed partners.


APU, EDC, Cooling Turbine, Fuel and Pneumatic Solutions
Kellstrom Repair Services (KRS) is a 14 CFR Part-145 repair station specializing in the complete repair and overhaul of hydraulic, fuel, electro-mechanical, pneumatic accessories, landing gear, wheels and brakes, C-130 APU overhaul, and various instruments in support of U.S. manufactured, legacy military aircraft. Capabilities extend beyond repairs to incorporate tooling development, engineering design, and fabrication. 

Avionic, Hydraulic and Landing Gear Solutions
Kellstrom Repair Services-Miramar is a FAA (3KRR581C) approved repair station specializing in the complete repair and overhaul of Accessory Class III and Instrument Class I, II, III and IV products.

Repair Management: Leveraging In-house Capabilities and Qualified Network of Resources 
With a dedicated group of experts having a combined experience of over 70 years in the aviation industry, we have established strategic alliances with Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) service centers around the world to offer a full spectrum of repair capabilities to our customers. There are numerous advantages associated with a single point repair management solution: Single Point of Contact, Regulatory Administration, Finance Administration, Warranty Management and Economies of Scale.


We team with Lockheed Martin approved sources to offer a number of engineering & manufacturing solutions designed to reduce traditional replacement costs and lead times of aging airframe components. Our experience on the C-130 platform encompasses both knowledge and capability across many of the airframe elements of the aircraft including the manufacture of numerous airframe components. This has afforded us substantial experience working within the parameters of the OEM’s quality and technical documentation, and enabled us to provide solutions for challenges unique to the C-130’s lifecycle.


Program Management

In an effort to offer maximum benefits from our “Total Support” business model, we work with our Customers to establish short and long term program packages customized to specific sustainment requirements and budget limitations. Current programs include:


Contractor Logistics Support (CLS)

We offer our Customers comprehensive parts management for F-5 fleet sustainment in collaboration with their depot maintenance partners.

Rotable Repair Program

We offer rotable inventory management programs including exchange pools for systems and sub-systems: hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, fuel and engine, etc.

Life Extension/Sub-system Upgrades

We offer system modernizations designed to extend service life by replacing obsolete systems and components with modern solutions.


SHORT-POD® APU Upgrade Kit

Kellstrom Defense’s SHORT-POD APU modernization kit is approved and certified by Lockheed Martin for replacement of GTC85-71 and ATM systems on pre-1974 C-130B-H aircraft.  The SHORT-POD APU upgrade eliminates obsolescence and under-performance issues associated with GTC85-71A and air turbine motor system by replacing them with a modern GTCP85-180L engine, which delivers improved performance and reliability, while reducing maintenance costs.  The kit contains all parts needed for the modernization including new engine, airframe components, cowling, control panel, hardware, wiring, and manual supplements for IPC, MM and Flight manual.   Engineering support for installation as well as system training for ground and flight crews is available from Kellstrom Defense.
The SHORT-POD APU Upgrade Kit is available exclusively through Kellstrom Defense and offers C-130 operators commonality with C-130H APU Systems.  

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T-56 Engine Starter Control Valve

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Flap Drive Jackscrew

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Landing Gear Solutions

We leverage our in-house repair capabilities and partnerships with Heroux Devtek and Jay-Em Aerospace to offer completer Landing Gear, Brakes and Wheels solutions.

A respected global leader for defense aircraft sustainment.