VECTOR AEROSPACE, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced today, November 19, the agreement of a long term contract to provide structural maintenance and technical support for the French Navy’s Lynx Mk 4 helicopter fleet. The company’s Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, has the only main build/repair jig for this aircraft type in the world, making Vector the leading supplier of deep structural repairs on the Lynx platform.
The five-year programme, with an additional two year option, could see the first aircraft arrive as earlyas December 2014. Vector Aerospace will also support the MRO operations through technical visits to the Lynx bases in France to assist the French Navy’s support organisation for the aircraft.
This work follows a previously contracted deep repair task on a single French Navy Lynx that was carried out in 2013. Vector Aerospace completed the programme within the space of only five months. The aircraft was inducted into the facility in August and returned into service in December.
Vector Aerospace is already experienced with the Lynx. The Fleetlands facility has been the sole provider of depth maintenance and modification support to the Royal Navy and Army Air Corps Lynx fleet for 36 years. This has included all marks of Lynx up to and including the latest Mk. 9A. Alan Warnes