StandardAero company Vector Aerospace has secured a contract to deliver maintenance support services to the UK Army Air Corps (AAC) Gazelle AH Mk1 helicopter fleet at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire.
Since its entry into service with the UK Army AAC in 1973, the Gazelle AH Mk1 fleet has had a long-standing association with the Fleetlands facility.
The facility has allowed for major overhaul and repair works to be carried out on the helicopters. It is currently performing a safety modification upgrade to the aircraft fleet.
Vector Aerospace UK managing director Simon Jones said: “Vector has a long history of supporting the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) 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.”
Work on the project is expected to begin in April this year. The contract includes extension options to continue the project until 30 June 2022.
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In July 2016, the UK MoD confirmed that the UK Army AAC’s Gazelle AH Mk1 aircraft fleet would remain in service for an additional nine years, making it the oldest helicopter in active UK inventory.
Currently, a total of 26 Gazelle helicopters are in active service with the AAC fleet.