AgustaWestland, July 19, 2004 - In a ceremony at Farnborough Airshow the last of six AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 helicopters ordered by the Royal Malaysian Navy was handed over to Dato' Zainal, Deputy Defence Minister of Malaysia by Richard Case, Managing Director of AgustaWestland.
The first five Super Lynx 300 were delivered in 2003 with one aircraft remaining at AgustaWestland's Yeovil factory for completion of Sea Skua anti-surface missile system integration and testing. This was completed successfully this month and the aircraft will soon be delivered to Malaysia to join the other five in service with 501 Squadron at Lumut Naval Base.
The five other Super Lynx 300 aircraft will have the Sea Skua missile system installed in Malaysia by an AgustaWestland team.
The Super Lynx 300 aircraft operate from Malaysia's Lekiu Class frigates performing anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, maritime patrol and SAR roles. AgustaWestland's Customer Training School at Yeovil also provided training for pilots, tactical officers and maintainers prior to delivery of the helicopters, which has been followed up by training in Malaysia to allow a smooth entry into service.
AgustaWestland and the Royal Malaysian Navy have had a close working relationship since the Naval Air Wing was first established with Westland Wasp helicopters at Lumut Naval Base in 1988.
In 1999 the Malaysian Defence Ministry announced it had selected the Super Lynx 300 to expand the capabilities of its Naval Air Wing and replace the Wasp helicopter. The Royal Malaysian Navy was the first customer for the Super Lynx 300, which has now also been ordered by the Royal Air Force of Oman, Royal Thai Navy and the South African National Defence Force.
In the last few years, AgustaWestland has achieved considerable success in Malaysia with its wide range of multi-role civil and military helicopters. Examples of these include the Super Lynx 300 for the Royal Malaysian Navy together with the A109 LOH for the Malaysian Army and the A109 Power for the Malaysian Fire Department (Bomba). The latter are fully equipped to perform not only dedicated fire fighting missions but also search and rescue, land reconnaissance and general support duties for the Department. Deliveries to Malaysia of both A109 Power and Super Lynx 300 helicopters commenced in 2003.