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Vector Aerospace wins UK Gazelle support contract

Photo: A Gazelle helecopter from the Royal Marines kicks up a storm while coming in to land at a desert air base during an exercise in Oman. Crown Copyright

 

Vector Aerospace has received a maintenance support contract from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the British Army Gazelle AH1 helicopter fleet.

The firm will provide maintenance for the Army Air Corps (AAC) Gazelles at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire. Work under the contract is expected to commence in April and – with contract extension options – will continue until June 2022.

On July 22, 2016, the 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 UK military service and making it the oldest helicopter in active UK 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.

Simon Jones, Managing Director for Vector Aerospace UK, said: “Vector has a long history of supporting the UK MOD’s helicopter fleet, and we are delighted to secure this significant programme. 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) programme led by Boeing Defence UK, and we look forward to the new opportunities this contract presents for our workforce.”

A student on a Forward Air Controller course on board a British Army Gazelle helicopter consults a map while calling in the coordinates of a potential target.
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