Westland Scout

Derived from Saunders Roe Skeeter


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.


Engine: 1 x RR Nimbus 102 685 shp
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

Derivatives & Versions

Scout AH.1 1961

List of Operators of Westland Scout

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


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