Vector Aerospace Supports Pakistan Navy Sea King Helicopter Refurbishment
TORONTO — Vector Aerospace Corp., a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul services, recently began word under a contract with the Pakistan Navy for the return to service of three Leonardo Helicopters (ex-Westland) Sea Kings at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, U.K., the company said in a June 12 release.
Work on the contract is being performed by Vector’s U.K.-based Aviation Services team, previously responsible for depth maintenance of the U.K. Ministry of Defense’s (MoD) Sea King helicopter fleet.
A total of seven former U.K. MoD Sea King aircraft have been acquired by the Pakistan Navy under a separate contract last signed last year. The ceremony for the formal handover of the aircraft from U.K. MoD’s Disposal Services Authority (DSA) to the Pakistan Navy, held at Fleetlands on May 24, was attended by the Pakistan High Commissioner to the Unite Kingdom, Syed Ibne Abbas, and Bob Richardson from the DSA. The maintenance program for the Sea Kings now has begun, with the completed aircraft due to be shipped to Pakistan later this year.
“Vector has a long history of supporting the Sea King fleet, and we are delighted that this significant program to refurbish these aircraft for return to service has now started,” Owen McClave, managing director for Vector Aerospace UK, said after the formal handover ceremony. “We are very proud of the responsive maintenance support provided by our skilled associates here at Fleetlands, and we look forward to seeing these aircraft back in service with their new owner later in the year.”
Vector Aerospace continues to work closely with the U.K. MoD and Leonardo on Sea King and Lynx programs in support of several international military operators.