UK MoD Chinook support contract boost for Vector Aerospace Almondbank

UK MoD Chinook support contract boost for Vector Aerospace Almondbank 19 Feb, 15, Source: Vector

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector –, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced that Vector Component Services (UK) based at Almondbank, Perthshire, will share in a £420 million order that extends the support programme for the RAF’s fleet of 60 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

The contract, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to Portsmouth on 17 February, will see a five year continuation of the Through Life Customer Support (TLCS) programme whereby Vector Aerospace provides maintenance, repair and overhaul for the Chinook under contract to Boeing, the manufacturer of the helicopter. Vector’s Almondbank facility carries out precision testing, overhaul and repair on key components, including rotorheads and gearboxes, that are vital for the Chinook’s successful and safe operation

Mick O’Connor, Business Director of Vector Component Services (UK) said, “This contract award ensures the continuation of Chinook component support within the Vector Aerospace group for the next five years and demonstrates the success of the company’s partnership with Boeing and MOD.We pride ourselves on providing our Armed Forces with safe and reliable aircraft components, this is a very important programme and underpins our future growth plans.”

About Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace holds approvals from some of the world’s leading turbine engine, airframe and avionics OEMs. Engine products supported include a wide range of General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca, (all engine lines including complete test capability). Vector Aerospace also provides support for a wide range of airframes from Airbus Helicopters, AgustaWestland, Boeing, and Sikorsky, including major inspections and dynamic component overhaul, and offers full-service avionics capability, including complete aircraft rewire plus glass cockpit engineering, development and integration.

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