Westland Scout

Derived from Saunders Roe Skeeter
1960







Model



Westland Scout

Developed from the SARO P.531, Westland built two more P.531/2 prototypes at Eastleigh with double the engine power (one with a 1050shp Bristol Siddeley Nimbus engine derated to 635shp and the other with a de Havilland Gnome H.1000 turbine derated to 685shp) plus other changes, including a skid undercarriage. A 5 seat general purpose light helicopter, the Scout had two front seats and a three-seat rear bench; in the casevac role it carried two stretchers internally and two externally in panniers. Skid landing gear was standard. The Scout was suited to all the tasks of a lightweight helicopter: observation, liaison, training, SAR. As well as the British Army, export orders were also received for the Royal Australian Navy (2), Royal Jordanian Air Force (3), Uganda Police (2) and Bahrain Police (2). About 150 Scouts were built (first 8 or so at Eastleigh, rest at Hayes) by the Spring of 1968.


Specifications


Engine: 1 x RR Nimbus 102 685shp
Capacity: 2 + 3
Length: (m) 9.24
Height: (m) 2.72
Blades: 4
Rotor diam.: (m) 9.83
Disc area: (m2) 75.89
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 1465     Max: 2405
Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 196     Max: 211
Range: (km) 510
Ceiling: (m) 4085
Rate/Climb: (m/min) 183
blueprints

Derivatives & Versions


ModelYearHistory
Scout AH.1 1961



List of Operators of Westland Scout


From Organisation with model Scout
1961
united kingdom Army Air Corps
    150 1961/94
1962
australia Fleet Air Arm (RAN)
    2 1962/73
1965
bahrain bahrain public security force
    2 1965/81
1966
uganda Uganda Police
    2 1966/69
1970
united kingdom Royal Marines
    9 1970/82
1978
south africa Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag
    1 1978/90
Construction Numbers on database of Scout or its versions

5Scout
147ah.1





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