The Army Air Corps WAH-64 is the successor to the TOW equipped Lynx anti-armour helicopters. The requirement for a new attack helicopter was identified in the early nineties with the initial suggestions that 125 would be ordered. The Apache was selected in July 1995 and a contract for 67 helicopters was signed in 1996. The first Apache was built by Boeing in 1997 and was delivered in March 1999. The first Westland built aircraft was completed in July 2000.
The Gazelle was first produced in 1968 under an Anglo-French agreement between Westlands and Aerospatiale. The Gazelle fondly referred to as the "whistling chicken leg" has proved an incredibly reliable observation and reconnaissance helicopter for many years. Although having only one engine it is not as powerful as many others, but its lightweight chassis offsets any deficit it might have. Advantages include its small agile nature, and its unparalleled visibility from the cockpit.
Originally intended as a utility craft for both civil and naval usage, military interest led to the development of both battlefield and naval variants, which went into operational usage in 1977 and were later adopted by the armed forces of over a dozen nations.
The Squirrel HT1 is used by the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury, in Shropshire, for Single Engine Basic Rotary Wing (SEBRW) training with No 660 Squadron and Single Engine Advanced Rotary Wing (SEARW) training with No 705 Squadron. The DHFS selected the Squirrel helicopter, manufactured by Eurocopter, as a replacement for the Gazelle when the School became operational in 1997.
Until 2008, when they were replaced by the Dauphins, 8 Flight operated a fleet of 4 Agusta A109s, two of which were captured from the Argentines during the Falklands conflict. 8 Flight is based at SAS HQ at Credenhill, near Hereford.
The Bell 212HP AH1 derives from the Bell 205, the Huey UH-1. The Bell 212HP AH1 was born by adding another engine to the single engine Huey, but retains the original teetering rotor system. Army Air Corp operates a handful of Bell 212 helicopters
The Britten-Norman Islander, and later the Defender upgraded version of the aircraft, was introduced into service as a replacement for the ageing Beaver. It is one of two types of fixed-wing aircraft operated by the Army Air Corps. It is usually employed in a surveillance capacity