The Lynx began to replace the Scout AH.1 as the British Army main battlefield helicopter in 1977. When fitted with TOW missiles, it became a potent anti-tank platform. As the Apache AH.1 began to appear in 2001, Lynx TOW kits were withdrawn and the airframes were re-purposed for battlefield support.
1977: 112 AH.1, most converted to AH.7
1985: 13 AH.7 plus conversions
1990: 16 AH.9 plus conversions
2009: AgustaWestland AW.159 Wildcat
16 new airframes AH.9 ordered from Westland in Apr 1988, with plans to modify 8 from the AH.1 / AH.7 fleet, the total number was eventually reduced to 22.
Under a £70M urgent operational requirement to improve hot and high performance and reliability in the Afghan Theatre, 12 Army Lynx AH.9 are being re-engined with the LHTEC CTS800-4N engine, to be used in the Lynx Wildcat programme. By end of Apr 2009, 4 of the 12 were on the Westland line at Yeovil and will be known as the Lynx AH.9A. All 12 airframes are due by Nov 2010. On completion, a decision will be made whether to address the other 10 Army Lynx AH.9.
The final flight of the Lynx AH.7 in AAC service took place at Middle Wallop on 31 Jul 2015.
Final UK Lynx Helicopter Depth Overhaul, 07-Dec-15 : After 37-year support, Vector Aerospace held a ceremony to commemorate the last Depth maintenance event to be completed on a UK Armed Forces Lynx helicopter. Lynx being replaced by Wildcat
British Army Retires Last Lynx AH.7, 31-Jul-15 : British Army Air Corps retires their last Lynx AH.7 helicopter on a farewell ceremony at Middle Wallop. They will continue to use the AH.9A (until 2018) and the recently introduced Wildcat
|Years||Units||bold : Current base of the Unit|
|2011/14||661 squadron|| AAC Dishforth |
|2004/11||661 squadron|| Gütersloh|
|2004/now||672 squadron|| AAC Dishforth |
|2001/04||672 squadron|| AAC Dishforth |
|1993/05||661 squadron|| Divulje Barracks|
|1991/now||655 squadron|| JHCFS Aldergrove |
|1990/93||672 squadron|| AAC Dishforth |
|1990/now||651 squadron|| JHCFS Aldergrove |
|1987/93||669 squadron|| Detmold|
|1986/91||665 squadron|| JHCFS Aldergrove |
|1985/04||656 squadron||AAC Dishforth|
|1982/91||655 squadron|| JHCFS Aldergrove |
|1981/now||659 squadron|| AAC Dishforth |
|1980/04||662 squadron|| Basrah International Airport|
Waterloo Barracks, Münster
|1980/now||653 squadron|| Petrovec|
|1978/04||4 REGT|| AAC Wattisham |
|1978/93||661 squadron|| Gütersloh|
|1977/91||651 squadron|| Hildesheim|
|1977/??||654 squadron|| Herford|
|? to ?||671 squadron|| AAC Middle Wallop |