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Lynx - Army Air Corps
 

The Westland Lynx is a British multi-purpose military helicopter designed and built by Westland Helicopters at its factory in Yeovil. 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. Later adopted by the armed forces of over a dozen nations, where it primarily serves in the battlefield utility, anti-armour, search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare roles. In 1986 a modified Lynx broke the airspeed record for helicopters, which still stands today.

The Lynx has been used extensively within the Army Air Corps (AAC) for a wide variety of roles and tasks. It is predominantly a battlefield utility helicopter although it has been used for both anti-tank and reconnaissance operations.

The addition of door gunners has allowed Lynx to operate in the very close air support role in Iraq. Two versions are in service with the AAC -namely AH7 (skids) and the AH9 (wheeled undercarriage). The Lynx still holds the helicopter world speed record, and thanks to its semi-rigid titanium rotor head it is also superbly manoeuvrable. This makes it the centrepiece of Army Aviation display flying.

In the attack configuration, the Lynx AH7 is armed with 8 FITOW (further Improved TOW) wire-guided missiles on 2x4-tube racks on hardpoints attached to the fuselage. The FITOW is a wire-guided anti-tank missile with a dual warhead and a top-down attack capability. The Raytheon TOW sight can also be used for reconnaissance operations.

When configured for the utlity role, the AH7 can carry up to 9 troops. In conventional warfare scenarious, the Lynx is often used to transport small anti-tank missile teams around the battlefield. A GPMG door gun is often mounted in one of the helicopter's cabin doors. 2 can be fitted, although doing so leaves little room for carrying stores or troops. 657 Sqn AAC Lynx helicopters are typically armed with 7.62mm Miniguns. The AH7 can carry 1350kg of underslung external stores.

Lynx AH9 ("Battlefield Lynx") is a Utility version for AAC, based on AH7, but with wheeled undercarriage and further upgraded gearbox. Sixteen new-built plus eight converted from AH7s.

In December 2008 the MoD announced that the AAC will get a replacement for its current Lynx helicopter. The replacement will be supplied by AgustaWestland; the AW159 Lynx Wildcat. The Lynx Wildcat programme will deliver a fleet of 62 new light helicopters for the Army and Royal Navy from 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Lynx AH9 - ZE380 - 651 Squadron - Army Air Corps
 

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Lynx AH7 - XZ195 - 669 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ195   Lynx AH7 - XZ195 - 672 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ195   Lynx AH7 - XZ195 - 669 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ195  

Lynx AH7 - XZ211 - 659 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ211   Lynx AH7 - XZ211 - 659 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ211  

Lynx AH7 - XZ615/Z - Army Air Corps XZ615   Lynx AH7 - XZ615/Z - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ615   Lynx AH7 - XZ615/Z - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ615  

Lynx AH7 - XZ643/C - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ643  

Lynx AH1 - XZ647/1 - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ647   Lynx AH7 - XZ647/Z - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ647   Lynx AH7 - XZ647 - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ647  

Lynx AH7 - XZ661/V - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ661   Lynx AH7 - XZ661/V - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ661   Lynx AH7 - XZ661/V - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ661  

Lynx AH7 - XZ680 - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps XZ680  

Lynx AH7 - ZD279 - Army Air Corps ZD279   Lynx AH7 - ZD279 - 659 Squadron - Army Air Corps ZD279  

Lynx AH7 - ZD281/K - 671 Squadron - Army Air Corps ZD281  

Lynx AH7 - ZD284 - 659 Squadron - Army Air Corps ZD284  

Lynx AH9 - ZE380 - 651 Squadron - Army Air Corps ZE380   Lynx AH9 - ZE380 - 651 Squadron - Army Air Corps ZE380   Lynx AH9 - ZE380 - 651 Squadron - Army Air Corps ZE380   Lynx AH9 - ZE380 - 651 Squadron - Army Air Corps ZE380

Lynx AH9 - ZF539 - 669 Squadron - Army Air Corps ZF539  
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