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  • Westland Lynx
    united kingdom Army Air Corps

    Del'd: 140 - 1977 to 2018


    Army Air Corps Lynx

    The Lynx began to replace the Scout AH.1 as the British Army main battlefield helicopter in 1977. When fitted with TOW missiles, it became a potent anti-tank platform. As the Apache AH.1 began to appear in 2001, Lynx TOW kits were withdrawn and the airframes were re-purposed for battlefield support.

    1977: 112 AH.1, most converted to AH.7
    1985: 13 AH.7 plus conversions
    1990: 16 AH.9 plus conversions
    2008: AH.9A
    2009: AgustaWestland AW.159 Wildcat

    16 new airframes AH.9 ordered from Westland in Apr 1988, with plans to modify 8 from the AH.1 / AH.7 fleet, the total number was eventually reduced to 22.

    Under a £70M urgent operational requirement to improve hot and high performance and reliability in the Afghan Theatre, 12 Army Lynx AH.9 are being re-engined with the LHTEC CTS800-4N engine, to be used in the Lynx Wildcat programme. By end of Apr 2009, 4 of the 12 were on the Westland line at Yeovil and will be known as the Lynx AH.9A. All 12 airframes are due by Nov 2010. On completion, a decision will be made whether to address the other 10 Army Lynx AH.9.

    The final flight of the Lynx AH.7 in AAC service took place at Middle Wallop on 31 Jul 2015.

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    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

    Final UK Lynx Helicopter Depth Overhaul, 07-Dec-15 : After 37-year support, Vector Aerospace held a ceremony to commemorate the last Depth maintenance event to be completed on a UK Armed Forces Lynx helicopter. Lynx being replaced by Wildcat

    British Army Retires Last Lynx AH.7, 31-Jul-15 : British Army Air Corps retires their last Lynx AH.7 helicopter on a farewell ceremony at Middle Wallop. They will continue to use the AH.9A (until 2018) and the recently introduced Wildcat


    YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
    2011/14661 Squadron AAC Dishforth
    DE Gütersloh
    2004/11661 SquadronDE Gütersloh
    2004/??672 Squadron AAC Dishforth
    2001/04672 Squadron AAC Dishforth
    1993/05661 SquadronBA Sarajevo
    HR Divulje Barracks Helipad
    DE Gütersloh
    DE Hildesheim
    1991/??655 SqAAC Ballykelly
    1990/08651 Squadron Aldergrove
    RAF Odiham
    AAC Middle Wallop
    DE Gütersloh
    DE Hildesheim
    1990/93672 Squadron AAC Dishforth
    RAF Topcliffe
    1987/93669 SquadronDE Detmold
    1986/15671 SquadronAAC Middle Wallop
    1986/91665 Squadron Aldergrove
    1985/04656 SquadronHR Divulje Barracks Helipad
    AAC Dishforth
    Murray Heights
    AAC Netheravon
    Port Stanley
    1982/91655 Sq Aldergrove
    AAC Ballykelly
    1981/??659 SquadronDE Detmold
    1980/04662 SqIQ Basrah International Airport
    AAC Wattisham
    DE Soest
    DE Waterloo Barracks, Münster
    1980/??653 Squadron DE Soest
    1979/    LCF AAC Middle Wallop
    1978/044 REGT AAC Wattisham
    1978/93661 SquadronDE Gütersloh
    DE Hildesheim
    Long Kesh
    DE Detmold
    1977/91651 SquadronDE Hildesheim
    DE Verden
    1977/??654 SquadronDE Herford
    ??/94672 Squadron AAC Dishforth
    RAF Topcliffe

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