Gosport air firm wins new helicopter work

A Gosport-based firm will look after the French Navy's Lynx helicopters. Picture: Vincent Maupil�
A Gosport-based firm will look after the French Navy's Lynx helicopters. Picture: Vincent Maupil�

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WORKERS who repair military helicopters in Gosport will receive a boost with the arrival of French Navy aircraft later this year.

Vector Aerospace, which has a base at Fleetlands, has won a five-year contract with the Marine Nationale to provide maintenance and repair for its fleet of Lynx helicopters.

The company’s Gosport facility has the only main build and repair setup for this aircraft type in the world, making Vector the leading supplier of Lynx deep structural repairs.

The five-year programme, with an additional two year option, could see the first aircraft arrive as soon as next month.

‘The award of this contract by the French Navy is an important milestone for Vector Aerospace UK,’ said managing director, Michael Tyrrell.

‘The contract further expands Vector Aerospace’s support to military operators around the world. Our high standards, reliable work-rate and skilled workforce are amongst the best in the maintenance, repair and overhaul industry and make us a recognised centre of excellence for depth Lynx maintenance.’

Vector Aerospace will also support the maintenance, repair and overhaul operations through technical visits to 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 carried out in 2013.

Vector Aerospace completed the programme within the space of only five months, with the aircraft being inducted into the facility in August and returned into service in December.

Vector Aerospace has an extensive track record of support for the Lynx platform.

The Fleetlands facility has been the sole provider of depth maintenance and modification support to the Royal Navy and army Lynx fleet for 36 years.

This has included all marks of Lynx up to and including the Mk.9A.