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AgustaWestland AW159

The AW159 is a twin engined, naval and utility, multi role helicopter, initially developed as a candidate for the UK Future Lynx competition.

It has a more stealthy, angular profile and lacks the starboard side, horizontal stabilizer of the Lynx - replacing it by a horizontal stablising tailplane with small vertical fins mounted beneath the rear fuselage unit. The AW159 retains the tricycle landing gear arrangement with steerable nosewheel and long-stroke main undercarriage.

The AW159 weighs in around 6 tonnes and is powered by two LHTEC CTS800 engines which should deliver a superior hot and high performance over existing Lynx models.

It was selected in April 2005 as the British Armys Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopter (BRH) and the Royal Navys replacement Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft (SCMR). Following a June 2006 award of contract by the UK MoD, manufacturing began in autumn 2007.

The new Lynx first flew on November 12, 2009 and is known in British military service as the Lynx Wildcat.
62nd and final Wildcat for UK MoD delivered on December 2016.

For AW159 variants see:

Army Air Corps: Wildcat AH.1
Fleet Air Arm: Wildcat HMA.2
South Korea


Engine: 2 x RR CTS800-4N 1362shp
Capacity: 2 + 7
Length: (m) 15.22
Height: (m) 3.73
Blades: 4
Rotor diam.: (m) 12.8
Disc area: (m2) 128.71
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 5790     Max: 6250
Speed: (km/h)     Max: 291
Range: (km) 777
Ceiling: (m)
Rate/Climb: (m/min)


From Organisation with model AW159
united kingdom AgustaWestland UK
    Lynx 2001/now
philippines Philippine Navy

Construction Numbers on database of AW159


Construction Numbers Help Us

462 2009 UK ZZ400 : Lynx Wildcat TI01 pictured (pic1) f/f 12nov09 olive cam+
19nov13 pictured (pic2) at Yeovil
463 2010 UK ZZ401 : Lynx Wildcat TI02; f/f 14oct10 grey cammo; 10jul11 pict+
464 2010 UK ZZ402 : Lynx Wildcat TI03 ff 19nov10 in twilight!
UK ZZ402 : hma.2 Royal Navy; Jan12 sea trials on HMS Iron Duke
17feb12, sea trials completed
Instructional airframe at HMS Sultan, Gosport by Apr17
469 2011 UK Static : Static Test Airframe - Not to be flown
470 2011 UK Static : Static Test Airframe - Not to be flown
5 C/N.

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