Vector Component Services, a division of Vector Aerospace UK (owned by Airbus Helicopters) will share a £420 million (approximately $650 million) order that extends the support program for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) fleet of 60 Boeing Chinook CH-47 heavy-lift helicopters.
The five-year continuation of the Through Life Customer Support (TLCS) program with the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider will see the Chinook’s precision testing, overhaul and repair of components–including rotor heads and gearboxes–be carried out at Vector’s Almondbank facility, near Perth in Scotland.
Vector Aerospace acquired what was the UK Ministry of Defense’s Defense Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) for rotary-wing aircraft and components in 2008. Since then, it has carried out MRO work on the RAF’s Chinooks as well as AgustaWestland Sea Kings and Lynx helicopters at its main site at Fleetlands, Hampshire. Airbus Helicopters acquired Vector Aerospace in June 2011.