Westland Lynx


  • Westland Lynx
  • Westland Lynx

The Westland WG.13 development started in the mid-1960s as a replacement for the Westland Scout and Wasp in Army and Navy service. The Lynx was the third of the trio of helicopters involved in the 1967 British-French collaborative deal, Westland holding the design authority for the aircraft. The semi rigid rotor was an important feature, intended to offer high manoeuvrability and good handling for shipborne operations.
The naval Lynx was designed from the outset to operate from small ships, the excellent handling available through the semi rigid rotor and the Westland deck lock and high energy absorbing landing gear have all resulted in worldwide success.
Westland began design work on an upgraded Lynx in 1996. By Aug 2004, there were 3 variants of Super Lynx, all of which have advanced, carbon and glassfibre reinforced 4 bladed main rotors protected by titanuium and nickel shields, as standard. The Series 100 has a standard cockpit and Rolls-Royce GEM 42 engines; the Series 200 has LHTEC CTS800 engines; and the Series 300 with LHTEC CTS800-4N engines and a highly integrated glass cockpit provided via a colour LCD display.
Since 2001 as a result of the agreement drawn up by Finmeccanica SpA of Italy and GKN plc of the UK the Lynx is produced and marketed by AgustaWestland

Model News

German Navy Selects NH90 to Replace Sea Lynx, 31-Jul-19 : #NH90 The German Naval Aviation, Marineflieger, selected the NH90 NFH as the basis of the new “Multi-Role Frigate Helicopter” (MRFH) to be delivered from 2025. The NH90 in its “Sea Lion” variant is currently replacing the Navy’ Sea King. At least another 30 MRFH are expected to replace current Westland Sea Lynx Mk88A at the Naval Aviation Wing 5 in Nordholz

First Flight in Brazil for the AH-11B Wild Lynx, 21-Feb-19 : #WildLynx The first of 8 Mk21B Wild Lynx helicopters to be operated by HA-1 Squadron performed first flight in Brazil after being upgraded in the UK

Farewell to British Army’ Lynx, 05-Jan-18 : To mark the Lynx decommissioning, British Army last 5 Lynx will fly from RAF Odiham on a commemorative tour around England next Tuesday January 16th, 2018

Royal Navy Retired Lynx Helicopter, 24-Mar-17 : 815 Naval Air Squadron held a ceremony to say goodbye to the Westland Lynx helicopter, mainstay of operations by Royal Navy around the globe since the late 1970s

Upgrade of Portuguese Navy Lynx, 12-Jul-16 : FIA 2016 Five Lynx Mk95 helicopters of the Portuguese Navy will received an avionics and engine upgrade

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Derivatives & Versions

Lynx HAS2 1976 Original version built for the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm)
Lynx mk21 1977 Export version of the HAS.2 for the Brazilian Navy. Designated SAH-11 in brazilian service. Survivors upgrade to Mk21a variant
Lynx AH1 1977 First British Army variant. 113 built between 1977-1984. Most converted to AH.7 variant
A significant number of Lynx were Struck Off Charge (SoC) during Apr 2015.
Lynx HAS2 (FN) 1977 Original version built for the French Navy
Lynx mk23 1977 Export version of the HAS.2 for the Argentine Navy
Lynx mk25 1977 Export version of the HAS.2 for the Royal Netherlands Navy. Designated UH-14A in Dutch service
Lynx mk27 1978 Second version of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Designated SH-14B in Dutch service
Lynx mk28 1978 The Qatari Police become the opnly export customer for the Army Battlefield Lynx when they purchased three Lynx HC.28 helicopters in 197?. These ...
30 1979 The Westland 30 was a medium business helicopter developed from the Westland Lynx. First Flew on April 10, 1979 and production ended in 1987 afte ...
Lynx Mk81 1979 Third version of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Designated SH-14C in Dutch service.
Lynx HAS2ICE 1980 GM= Gulf Modification. Lynx HAS2 that were modified with extra cooling package for service in the Persian Gulf with electronic warfare and IFF. N ...
Lynx HAS3 1980 The HAS.3 was introduced to provided an uprated helicopter from the HAS.2 using the improved Rolls-Royce Gem 42-1 turboshaft engines and upgrade ...
The Lynx HAS.3 was retired from FAA service in a ceremony at RNAS Yeovilton on 1 Apr 2013.
Lynx mk80 1980 Delivered to the Royal Danish Navy and based on the Royal Navy HAS3 but without the folding tail
Lynx mk86 1980 The Westland Sea Lynx Mk.86 is used by the RNoAF as a Coast Guard helicopter, performing SAR and fishery protection. The Lynx helicopter are used ...
Lynx mk87 1981 Embargoed export version of the Argentine Navy
Lynx mk88 1981 German Navy variant of British Sea Lynx Mk8. Survivors upgraded to Mk 88a type
Lynx HAS4 (FN) 1982 Upgraded HAS2(FN) version for the French Navy, with Gem 42-1 engines and upgraded transmission. Fourteen built
Lynx mk90 1982 Modified embargoed Argentine Mk.87s later brought by the Royal Danish Navy. Upgraded to Super Lynx standard and designated Mk.90B
Lynx mk89 1983 Export version of the HAS.3 for Nigerian navy. Three built
Lynx 3 1984 Enhanced Lynx variant with Westland 30 tail boom and rotor, Gem 60 engines, new wheeled tricycle undercarriage and MIL-STD-1553 databus. Only one ...
Lynx AH7 1985 Upgraded version for the Army Air Corps, with Gem 41-1 engines and uprated gearbox of the AH.5 plus a larger, composite tail rotor. Twelve new b ...
The final flight of the Lynx AH.7 in AAC service took place at Middle Wallop on 31 Jul 2015.
Lynx AH9 1986 Lynx AH.9 is a small attack/utility helicopter, derived from the Lynx AH.7 (Super Lynx). The most striking external differences between the Lynx ...
16 new built plus 8 converted from AH.7 types. Converted later to AH.9A
Lynx HAS3CTS 1986 HAS.3S helicopers upgraded with a glass cockpit and improved avionics systems that were intended for the HMA.8 helicopter. Eight helicopters con ...
Lynx HAS3GM 1986 GM = Gulf Modification are aircraft given a cooling package for use in hot countries / areas such as the Persian Gulf during Iran / Iraqi war, an ...
Lynx HAS3ICE 1986 ICE = Antartic Operations, 4 aircraft modified for use on ice breaker patrol and research ship HMS Endurance. Two started out as HAS.2ICE (XZ246 ...
Lynx HAS3S 1987 S = Secure Speech modification to Avionics, main visual difference is the tail boom lower aerial is larger than the HAS 2/3 aerial and a pointed ...
Super Lynx mk99 1989 Super Lynx for the South Korean Navy, with Seaspray 3 radar in undernose radome, dipping sonar, and FLIR. Twelve built. Super Lynx Mk.99A is the ...
Lynx HAS3SGM 1990 GM = Gulf Modification are aircraft given a cooling package for use in hot countries / areas such as the Persian Gulf during Iran / Iraqi war, an ...
Lynx HMA.8 1991 HAS.3 upgraded based on Super Lynx 100 GEM42-200 engines, BERP type main rotors and the AH.7 larger tail rotor
Lynx HAS3SICE 1993 ICE = Antartic Operations, 4 aircraft modified for use on ice breaker patrol and research ship HMS Endurance. XZ246 was converted to HAS.3SICE (S ...
SH-14D 1993 Upgraded Lynx for Royal Netherlands Navy. All operational aircraft upgraded.
Super Lynx mk95 1993 Portuguese Navy Super Lynx. 3 new build and 2 ex HAS.3
Super Lynx mk21a 1996 Export version of the Super Lynx for the Brazilian navy. Designated AH-11A in brazilian service
Super Lynx mk88a 1999 New Built Super Lynx 100 variant plus rebuilt Mk88 survivors airframes
Super Lynx mk99a 1999 South Korean Navy Super Lynx variant
Lynx HMA8 (DSP) 2000 a standard HMA.8 modfied with a Digital Signal Processor system
AW Lynx 2001 Airframes built before 2001 listed as Westland Lynx

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