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  • 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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