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Vector Aerospace, a StandardAero company, has been awarded a contract to provide maintenance support for the U.K. Army Air Corps’ (AAC) Gazelle AH Mk1 helicopter fleet at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hants, U.K.
Work under the contract is expected to commence in April 2018, and – with contract extension options – continue until June 30, 2022.
On July 22, 2016, the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that the AAC’s Gazelle AH1s would remain in service for a further nine years, taking the Gazelle past its 50th anniversary in U.K. military service and making it the oldest helicopter in active U.K. inventory.
A total of 26 Gazelle aircraft are currently active in the AAC’s fleet. The Fleetlands facility has had a long association with the Gazelle fleet since the type’s entry into service in 1973, having previously provided major maintenance and repair support for the type, and is currently undertaking a safety modification upgrade to the fleet.
“Vector has a long history of supporting the U.K. MoD’s helicopter fleet, and we are delighted to secure this significant program,” said Simon Jones, managing director for Vector Aerospace U.K. “We are very proud of the service provided by our skilled associates here at Fleetlands. This Gazelle maintenance support award compliments our current support to the Chinook Through Life Customer Support (TLCS) program led by Boeing Defence U.K., and we look forward to the new opportunities this contract presents for our workforce.”