French Navy Lynx maintenance in the UK

Structural maintenance and technical support for the French Navy’s Lynx Mk.4 helicopter fleet,will be carried out by the UK based Vector Aerospace company for the next 5 years. The company’s Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, has the only main build/repair jig for this aircraft type in the world. The contract was announced on Thursday 20 November.

The first helicopter should arrive as soon as December 2014. Vector Aerospace will also support maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations through technical visits to the Lynx bases in France.

The work follows a previously contracted deep repair task on a single French Navy Lynx carried out in 2013. Vector Aerospace completed the program within the space of only five months. The French apparently took notice.

Source: Vector Aerospace

A French Marine Nationale Lynx. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A French Marine Nationale Lynx. (Image © Elmer van Hest)