Westland Lynx in
united kingdom Army Air Corps

Del'd: 140 - 1977 to present

  • Army Air Corps Lynx

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 As the Apache AH.1 began to appear in 2001, Lynx TOW kits were withdrawn and the airframes were re-purposed for battlefield support.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
2008: AH.9A
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.

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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

Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    008 ah1 1977     XZ170: AAC d/d 01jun77; 1985 AH.1 MoD(PE); conv AH-7; conv AH-9
    011 ah1 1977     XZ171: AAC in 1990 type:AH7 /K 671Sqn.
    013 ah1 1977     XZ172: AAC; conv AH.7
    021 ah1 1977     XZ173: AAC; conv AH.7
    024 ah1 1977     XZ174: AAC; conv AH.7;
    030 ah1 1977     XZ175: 1997 AH7 type 671Sqn /Z
    034 mk28 1978     TAD016: At DCAE Arborfield as TAD016/A by May 2010
Qatar Ministry of Interior QP32: Westland Lynx HC.28, c/n WA034, ff:?; reg UK as G-17-22+
    037 ah1 1977     XZ176: AAC; conv AH.7
Royal Marines XZ176: RM 847 Sqn
    038 ah1 1977     XZ177: AAC; conv AH.7
Royal Marines XZ177: 05jan10 seen together with XZ182 make a nightstop at Am+

- XZ177: Gate guardian at Delta Force paint ball, Kegworth Leics+
    044 ah1 1977     XZ178: AAC; conv AH.7
Royal Marines XZ178: Royal Marines in 2007 type:AH7 847Sqn.

- XZ178: to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon by Nov 2013
    047 ah1     XZ179: AAC; 1994 type:AH7 669Sqn.; 2011 type:AH7 1Reg.
    055 ah1 1980     XZ180: AAC; conv AH.7
Royal Marines XZ180: Royal Marines; 15jan92 3CBAS./R visit Valkenburg

16jan92 3CBAS./R visit Eelde

16jan92 3CBAS./R visit Sylt

1995 3CBAS; 1997 847Sqn./R; 2000 847Sqn./R
    056 ah1 1978     XZ181: AAC; 1984 652Sqn; 1992 663Sqn /H
    058 ah1 1978     XZ182: AAC for Royal Marines
Royal Marines XZ182: May86 AH1 type 3CBAS /23A pictured at RNAS Yeovilton

Royal Marines; 15jan92 3CBAS./M visit Valkenburg

16jan92 3CBAS /M visit Eelde

16jan92 3CBAS /M visit Sylt

2000 847Sqn./M

05jan10 seen together with XZ177 make a nightstop at Am+
    061 ah1 1978     XZ183: AAC; conv AH.7
    065 ah1 1978     XZ184: 15jul11 pictured (top) asg 9 Regt at RAF Fairford during RIA+
    069 ah1 1978     XZ185: AAC; conv AH.7
- XZ185: May15 on display at Pima Air Museum in Tucson, AZ
    072 ah1 1978     XZ186: AAC; conv AH.7; 655 Sqn 5 Regt w/o 14nov91 at Gorton, Count+
    075 ah1 1978     XZ187: AAC; conv AH.7
    077 ah1 1978     XZ188: AAC; conv AH.7; to SEAE Arborfield
    079 ah1 1978     XZ189: AAC AH.1 d/d 14sep78; BAOR 1 Regt w/o 05jul79 at Hildesheim,+
    082 ah1     XZ190: AAC; 2007 type:AH7 672Sqn.; 2011 type:AH7 9Reg.
    085 ah1 1978     XZ191: AAC; 2003 type:AH7 671Sqn./A; 2011 type:AH7 657Sqn.
    089 ah1 1978     XZ192: ah7 655 Sq by Jun 1996
Royal Marines XZ192: Royal Marines; conv AH7
    093 ah1 1978     XZ193: AAC; conv AH.7
- XZ193: to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon by Nov 2013
    096 ah1 1979     XZ194: AAC; conv AH.7
- XZ194: May13 preserved at the Imperial war museum, Duxford
    097 ah1 1978     XZ195: AAC in 2009 type:AH7 672Sqn.
- XZ195: 2017 converted to a flight simulator at www.sim2do.co.u+
    098 ah1 1979     XZ196: 18oct12 pictured as /T at RAF Northolt
    100 ah1 1979     XZ197: AAC; conv AH.7
    102     ZB500: AAC AH.1 demonstrator; to Westland as G-LYNX
Westland G-LYNX: Present at Paris Air Show, 9 Jun 1979, Paris code 231H

WG.13 Lynx; ZA500,ZB500; conv to Lynx 800; 11aug86 He+

Westland G-LYNX/ZA500: 12sep79 noted at Westland factory Yeovil EGHG

Westland G-LYNX: 20jun87 pictured (top) at Paris-Le Bourget airshow, Fra+

Jul90 pictured (middle) at Koksijde, Belgium

1995 donated and preserved at the Helicopter Museum

AgustaWestland UK G-LYNX: 2007 began restoration by AgustaWestland; 2011 flew aga+
    104 ah1 1979     XZ198: AAC; conv AH.7; 2005 for sale at Fleetlands
    106 ah1 1979     XZ199: AAC. Conv to AH7. w/o 18may99
    107 ah1 1979     XZ203: AAC; 1992 type:Lynx AH7 653Sqn.; 1997 671Sqn./Z; 1998 671Sqn+
    110 ah1 1979     XZ205: AAC; conv AH.7
    111 ah1     XZ206: AAC; conv AH.7
    115 ah1 1979     XZ207: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 17apr00; seen at SEAE ( School of Electr+
    116 ah1 1979     XZ208: AAC; conv AH.7; 2005 672Sq(9 Regt)
Royal Marines XZ208: Royal Marines in 2003 847Sqn.
    125 ah1     XZ209: AAC; conv AH.7; wfu
    126 ah1 1979     XZ210: AAC; conv AH.7; May05 672 Sq (9 Regt); w/o 01dec11 caught fi+
    127 ah1     XZ211: AAC; conv AH.7; Oct07 9 Regt
    129 ah1 1979     XZ212: AAC; conv AH.7
    131 ah1 1979     XZ213: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 20mar86; to TAD213 Fleetlands, i/a
    133 ah1 1979     XZ214: AAC; 1992 type:AH.7 654Sqn.; 2007 type:AH.7 657Sqn.
    136 ah1 1979     XZ215: AAC; conv AH7; 1992 671Sqn
    138 ah1 1979     XZ216: AAC in 1987 653Sqn. ; 2000 type:AH7 661Sqn.
    139 ah1 1979     XZ217: AAC; conv AH.7; May05 672Sqn (9 Regt)
Westland XZ217: Noted under construction at Westland factory, Yeovil EG+
    141 ah1 1979     XZ218: AAC; conv AH.7
    144 ah1 1979     XZ219: 07may96 pictured at Ilidza, Bosnia during Operation Joint En+
    146 ah1 1980     XZ220: AAC f/f 17jan80, d/d 12dec80; conv AH.7
- XZ220: to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon by Nov 2013
    147 ah1 1979     XZ221: AAC in 1992 type:AH7 671Sqn.
- XZ221: Preserved at Flugausstellung Hermeskeil Aviation museum+
    148 ah1 1980     XZ222: AAC; conv AH.7
    149 ah1 1979     XZ605: AAC; 2010 7 Regt AH.7 type
Royal Marines XZ605: 3CBAS /L, noted visiting Tregantle on 23 Nov 1982

Royal Marines; 15jan92 3CBAS./Y visit Valkenburg

16jan92 3CBAS./Y visit Eelde

16jan92 3CBAS./Y visit Sylt

1993 3CBAS./Y; 1995 847Sqn./Y; 2000 847Sqn./Y
    150 ah1 1979     XZ606: AAC; conv AH.7
- XZ606: At delta force paintball, Billericay, Essex, by May17
    151 ah1 1980     XZ607: AAC; conv AH.7
    152 ah1     XZ608: ah7 2011 657Sqn
    154 ah1 1981     XZ609: AAC; conv AH.7; Sep05 655 Sqn 5 Regt
    155 ah1 1980     XZ610: AAC; conv AH.7; 669 Sqn w/o 22dec98 near Sarajevo, Bosnia
    156 ah1 1980     XZ611: AAC; conv AH.7; Sep05 671 Sqn/X 2 Regt
    160 ah1 1980     XZ613: AAC; conv AH.7
    162 ah1 1980     XZ615: AAC; conv AH.7; Oct07 9 Regt
    167 ah1     XZ616: AAC; 2011 type:AH7 657Sqn.
    168 ah1 1980     XZ617: AAC; conv AH.7
    171 ah1 1980     XZ640: AAC; w/o 17sep86
    172 ah1 1980     XZ641: 25 Flt by 2000; served in Northern Ireland with 655 Sq by Au+
Royal Marines XZ641: Royal Marines in 2007 type:AH7 847Sqn.
    173 ah1 1980     XZ642: AAC; conv AH.7
    178 ah1 1980     XZ643: AAC; conv AH.7; 01jun12 pictured as /C at RAF Odiham Familie+
    179 ah1 1980     XZ644: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 12/05/1992
    180 ah1 1980     XZ645: AAC AH7 type;1993 657Sqn.; 1997 9Reg.
- XZ645: Sitting outside Delta Force paintball in Romany, UK by +
    182 ah1 1980     XZ646: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 21feb05 Cat5 air accident at Zenica, Bos+
    183 ah1 1980     XZ647: AAC AH7 type
    188 ah1 1980     XZ649: AAC; conv AH.7; ground instruction at Farnborough as XZ646
    189 ah1 1980     XZ650: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 22sep94
    192 ah1 1980     XZ651: AAC; conv AH.7
    193 ah1 1980     XZ652: 2007 Lynx AH7 type 653 Sqn
- XZ652: Oct134 now resident at Serco Fire Training facility at +
    201 ah1 1980     XZ653: ah7 AAC; conv AH.7
    205 ah1 1980     XZ654: 2009 AAC AH.7 type
Royal Marines XZ654: Royal Marines in 2007 type:AH7 847Sqn.

- ?: Shannon, County Clare, Ireland since 02jun15
    209 ah1 1980     XZ655: AAC; conv AH.7
- XZ655: to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon by Nov 2013
    212 ah1 1981     XZ661: AAC; conv AH.7
    214 ah1 1981     XZ662: AAC; conv AH7; w/o 02mar00
    218 ah1 1981     XZ663: AAC; conv AH.7; Dec05 671 Sqn/I
- XZ663: to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon by Nov 2013
    221 ah1 1981     XZ664: AAC AH.1 f/f 27mar81, d/d 10apr81; conv AH.7; 2006 to civ
    224 ah1 1981     XZ665: AAC AH.1 f/f 28apr981, d/d 14may81; conv AH.7
    226 ah1 1981     XZ666: AAC; conv AH.7; SEAE Arborfield
    227 ah1 1981     XZ667: AAC; conv AH.7; 655 Sqn w/o 10apr94
    229 ah1 1981     XZ668: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 20aug95; seen at Middle Wallop
    230 ah1 1981     XZ669: AAC; conv AH.7
    233 ah1 1981     XZ670: AAC; conv AH.7; May05 672Sqn(9 Regt)
    234 ah1 1981     XZ671: AAC; 652 Sqn w/o 24jan85
    236 ah1 1981     XZ672: AAC; conv AH.7
    238 ah1 1981     XZ673: AAC; conv AH.7
    239 ah1     XZ674: AAC; 2007 type:Lynx AH7 669Sqn.
    240 ah1 1981     XZ675: AAC; conv AH.7; 1997 as /E 671 Sqd Blue Eagles; ?? to spares+
    241 ah1 1982     XZ676: AAC; conv AH.7
- XZ676: to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon by Nov 2013

Feb15 on eBay £24,000

Jul15 at a campsite as accommodation. where ??; origina+

Situated at Ream Hills Caravan Park, near Blackpool. Th+
    242 ah1 1982     XZ677: AAC; conv AH.7; Oct07 9 Regt
    244 ah1 1982     XZ678: AAC; conv AH.7
    247 ah1 1982     XZ679: ah7 AAC; conv AH.7; Jan05 672Sqn (9 Regt)
    250 ah1 1982     XZ680: AAC; conv AH.7; May05 671 Sqn/E
- XZ680: hull at Air and Ground, Hixon by Nov 2012, still Nov 20+
    254 ah1 1982     XZ681: AAC; w/o 04jan84 Falklands
    274 ah1 1983     ZD272: AAC; conv AH.7
- ZD272: to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon by Nov 2013
    275 ah1 1983     ZD273: AAC AH.1 f/f 09feb83, d/d 28mar83; conv AH.7

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