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Lynx

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.  The Lynx went into operational usage in 1977 and was later adopted by the armed forces of over a dozen nations, primarily serving in the battlefield utility, anti-armour, search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare roles.  The Lynx was the world's first fully aerobatic helicopter.  In 1986 a specially modified Lynx set the current Fédération Aéronautique Internationale 's official airspeed record for helicopters. The helicopter is now produced and marketed by AgustaWestland .

 

Design

The Lynx is a multi-purpose helicopter design with a side by side cockpit for pilot and observer.  It features a large sliding crew door on each side giving access to the cabin which can be used to accommodate up to nine equipped troops dependent on seating configuration, or alternatively radio equipment when used in the command post role or surplus fuel for long journeys. Its twin Rolls Royce Gem turboshaft engines power a four-blade semi-rigid main rotor system. The Lynx is an agile helicopter, capable of performing loops and rolls.

 

General characteristics

Crew: 2 or 3

Capacity: 10 troops

Payload : 737 kg

Length: 15.241 m (50 ft)

Rotor diameter: 12.80 m (42 ft)

Height: 3.734 m for mk7; 3.785 m for mk9 (12.25 ft for mk7; 12.41 ft for mk9)

Disc area: 128.71 m² (1,385 ft²)

Empty weight : 3,291 kg (7,255 lb)

Max. takeoff weight : 5,330 kg (11,750 lb)

Powerplant : 2 × Rolls-Royce Gem turboshaft, 835 kW (1,120 shp) each

 

Performance

Maximum speed : 324 km/h (201 mph)

Range : 528 km (328 miles) with standard tanks

 

Armament

 Naval: 2 x torpedoes or 4x Sea Skua missiles or 2 x depth charges.

 Attack: 2 x 20mm cannons, 2 x 70mm rocket pods CRV7 , 8 x TOW ATGM [ 69 ]

 General: 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Guns (AH.7 and AH.9), Browning AN/M3M .50 calibre heavy machine gun (HAS.3 and HMA.8)