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Lynx Helicopter

Until the introduction of Apache, Lynx was the helicopter used by the British Army to counter the threat posed by enemy armoured formations.

Armed with 8 x TOW missiles, the Lynx was the mainstay of the British armed helicopter fleet.

With the introduction into service of the Apache AH Mk 1 Lynx is now only used as a utility helicopter providing fire support using machine guns, troop lifts, casualty evacuation and many more vital support battlefield tasks.


Lynx will stay in service until approximately 2014 when it will be replaced by the Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopter (BRH) or Future Lynx. The initial Future Lynx purchase will be 34 for the Army and 28 for the Royal Navy.

Lynx is known to be in service with France, Brazil, Argentina, The Netherlands, Qatar, Denmark, Norway, West Germany and Nigeria. The naval version carries anti-ship missiles.


LYNX HELICOPTER MARK 7/9 Specifications
59 Mark 7/9 available
Length Fuselage 12.06m
Height 3.4m
Rotor Diameter 12.8m
Max Speed 330km/h
Cruising Speed 232km/h
Range 885km
Engines 2 x Rolls-Royce Gem 41
Power 2 x 850bhp
Fuel Capacity 918 litres (internal)
Weight (max take off) 4,763kg
Crew 1 pilot, 1 air-gunner or observer
Armament possibly 2-4 x 7.62mm machine guns
Passengers able to carry 10 x PAX
Combat radius approximately 100kms with 2-hour loiter

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