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The Lynx first flew in March 1971 and was developed under an English-French helicopter agreement. There are two main versions of the Lynx: a wheeled version primarily for naval use and an army version with skids or skis. Super Lynx is the only helicopter in its weight class designed specifically for operations from small ships in all weathers and high sea states. With over 120 aircraft in service, Battlefield Lynx is the British Army's frontline transport helicopter.

The four-blade main rotor is mounted on a hump on top of the cabin, with two turboshaft engines mounted on top of the rear of the cabin. The fuselage features an oval, stepped-up and glassed-in cockpit with a box-like cargo compartment. Landing skids are used on on army versions, while naval versions have wheels. The high-mounted, tapered tail boom includes a swept-back fin which is tapered, along with a siingle flat on right side near top of tail fin and a tail rotor on left side.


Country of Origin UK
RoleUtility, attack, antitank
Similar Aircraft OH-58 Kiowa, Hirundo A109, UH-1 Iroquois, UH-1N Model 212, Dauphin 2
Rotor diameter 42 ft (12.8 m)
Dimensions (External)  
Overall Length Rotors Turning 15. 16 m
Fuselage Length 13. 33 m
Width (excluding rotor) 2. 94 m
Overall Height 3. 48 m
Folded Length 10. 85 m
Folded Width 2. 94 m
Folded Height 3. 25 m
Main Rotor Diameter 12. 80 m
Tail Rotor Diameter 2. 36 m
Dimensions (Internal)  
Cabin Length 2. 05 m
Cabin Width 1. 78 m
Cabin Height 1. 42 m
Cockpit Pilot and Co-Pilot or Observer
Cabin Up to 9 passengers
Cabin Volume 4. 85 cu m
Cabin Floor Area 3. 45 sq m
Rotor System  
Main Rotor Type Semi-rigid
Main Rotor Blades 4 composite blades
Tail Rotor Type Fully articulated
Tail Rotor Blades 4 composite blades
Maximum All Up Mass 5330 kg
Cargo Hook Capacity 1360 kg
Standard Fuel 786 kg
Auxiliary Fuel Tank 353 kg each
Number 2 2
Make Rolls Royce LHTEC
Model Gem 42-1 CTS800-4N
Take-Off Rating 746 kW each 1015 kW each
Maximum Continuous 664 kW each 945 kW each
Cruise Speed 137 knots
Maximum Range (with auxiliary fuel) 530 nm
Endurance (with auxiliary fuel) 5. 4 hours
ArmamentCannon, minigun, rockets, missiles, HOT or TOW antitank missiles
Crew Two
User Countries Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, UK

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Tuesday, September 21, 1999 10:18:15 AM