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UK handovers Sea King helicopters to Pakistan Navy

Post by Salman Haider » Fri May 26, 2017 12:20 pm

UK handovers Sea King helicopters to Pakistan Navy
May 25, 2017

By Murtaza Ali Shah

LONDON: The United Kingdom formally handed over Sea King helicopters to Pakistan Navy on Wednesday in a ceremony attended by the Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK Syed Ibne Abbas.

According to details, informed by the Pakistan High Commission; Christopher Bob Richardson represented the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the formal handing over ceremony.

The contract for the purchase of seven helicopters was signed last year. A separate contract was signed with Vector Aerospace for maintenance of the aircraft before being shipped to Pakistan later this year.

The High Commissioner lauded the historic relationship between the Armed Forces of Pakistan and the United Kingdom and the role played by the UK in capacity building of Pakistan Armed Forces both in terms of equipment support and training.

Abbas also thanked the representatives of the UK MoD, Leonardo and M/s Vector Aerospace for their support in making this project a success and hoped that the cooperation between the two Armed Forces would continue to grow in future.
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Re: UK handovers Sea King helicopters to Pakistan Navy

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Re: UK handovers Sea King helicopters to Pakistan Navy

Post by faisal-777 » Fri May 26, 2017 7:26 pm

What's the core capability of these helicopters and what would they be used for ?
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Re: UK handovers Sea King helicopters to Pakistan Navy

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri May 26, 2017 7:49 pm

Missions/operations/roles of Pakistan Navy Sea Kings include anti-warship, anti-submarine, para drop, search and rescue, relief operations etc.

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Vector Aerospace Refurbs British Sea Kings for Pakistan

Post by Salman Haider » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:11 am

Vector Aerospace Refurbs British Sea Kings for Pakistan
November 8, 2017

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After six months of work, a former RAF Rescue Sea King HAR3A ZH544 flew again for the first time on November 2. It is one of three Sea Kings that Vector Aerospace is returning to the air for the Pakistan Navy. (Photo: Vector Aerospace/Steve Tamblyn)

by Alan Warnes

The UK Ministry of Defence has sold seven retired Sea King helicopters to the Pakistan Navy and contracted Vector Aerospace to return three of them to service. Vector is doing the work at its Gosport, UK, facility. Airbus announced last week that it completed the sale of Vector—a global MRO company with 2,200 employees in 22 locations—to StandardAero, another global MRO.

Two former Royal Navy commando-carrying Sea King HC.4s and one former Royal Air Force search-and-rescue (SAR) Sea King HAR3A are being made airworthy. Two other Sea Kings are being used as a spares source, with about 500 components salvaged for reuse. The other two Sea Kings will be shipped to Pakistan, but their future is unclear.

Steve Tamblyn, Vector’s project manager for the Pakistan Sea King program, told AIN: “Many manhours have gone into returning each aircraft to the air, slightly more than we would have done when we were maintaining them for the UK MOD. But you have to remember that these helicopters had not flown for around two years, so they had suffered from some corrosion, perished seals, shock-absorber issues and various other age-related defects.”

Vector Aerospace had a contract with the UK MOD to maintain the British Sea King fleet until it was withdrawn from service in 2014, replaced by Merlins for commando transport and civilian-contracted helicopter service for SAR. Vector has worked in partnership with another British company, Heli-Operations, which has provided aircrew for the test flights, and is training Pakistan Navy pilots to fly the helicopters.

All three flyable Sea Kings will be shipped to the Karachi Shipyard in southern Pakistan, and then transported to Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Mehran. They will then be assembled, ground-run and flown with Vector Aerospace personnel providing support. Once operational they will serve with 111 Sqn alongside the unit’s six other Sea King Mk45/45Bs.

Vector’s name will disappear in the sale to StandardAero. The combined company will have more than 6,000 employees in 42 locations across five continents, with annual revenues of approximately $3 billion.

Russell Ford, CEO of StandardAero, commented: “We are excited to join forces with the Vector team in becoming one of the largest MRO companies in the world. Our combined organizations will…deliver faster, higher quality solutions to customers worldwide.”
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