AgustaWestland Lynx


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

As of 2019, over 70 have been delivered and logged more than 50,000 flight hours

Specifications AW159

Engine 2 x RR CTS800-4N 1362 shp
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)

  List of Operators of AW159

Years Model Org
2001-    Lynx united kingdom AgustaWestland UK
2019-    bangladesh Bangladesh Nou Bahini

  Global Distribution of AW159


Construction Numbers

C/N Year History
462 2009 UK ZZ400
463 2010 UK ZZ401
464 2010 UK ZZ402
469 2011 UK Static
470 2011 UK Static

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