Global aviation maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider Vector Aerospace has begun implementing the maintenance programme for the Pakistan Navy's Sea King helicopter fleet.

The Pakistan Navy recently obtained the fleet after signing a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the acquisition of seven former Sea King helicopters, which were formally handed over to the navy by the UK MoD's Disposal Services Authority (DSA) on 24 May.

The deal will see Vector Aerospace upgrade three of Leonardo Helicopters’ Sea King aircraft, allowing the helicopters to resume service with the Pakistan Navy.

Vector Aerospace UK managing director Owen McClave said: “Vector has a long history of supporting the Sea King fleet, and we are delighted that this significant programme to refurbish these aircraft for return to service has now started.

“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 has a long history of supporting the Sea King fleet, and we are delighted that this significant programme to refurbish these aircraft has now started."

Work on the project is currently being carried out at the company’s Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

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Vector Aerospace’s UK-based aviation services team was previously responsible for depth maintenance of the MoD’s Sea King helicopter fleet.

The upgraded Sea King aircraft is slated to be shipped to Pakistan later this year.

Vector Aerospace continues to work is close collaboration with the UK MoD and Leonardo on Sea King and Lynx programmes in support of a number of international military operators.

Image: Sea King aircraft delivery to Pakistan Navy. Photo: courtesy of Vector Aerospace.