PICTURES: British Army's Lynx AH9A enters use in Afghanistan
By Craig Hoyle
The British Army has successfully introduced its first upgraded AgustaWestland Lynx AH9A utility helicopters into frontline use in Afghanistan.
Two of the modified aircraft were delivered to Camp Bastion aboard a Royal Air Force Boeing C-17 strategic transport from Brize Norton in the UK, and entered operational use earlier this month after several familiarisation flights, says the UK Ministry of Defence.
Equipped with new Honeywell/Rolls-Royce LHTEC CTS800-4N engines, the AH9As will be capable of flying year-round in Afghanistan, unlike the armyâs baseline Lynx AH7/9s. The modified aircraft also have M3M 12.7mm (0.50cal) machine guns, and improved communications, surveillance and self-protection equipment.
RAF Wg Cdr âSpatsâ Paterson, commanding officer of the UKâs Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan), welcomes the arrival of the upgraded aircraft. âThey are a valuable addition to the UK helicopter force, and the modifications they carry make them an extremely effective platform,â he says.
Instinct, I last heard that the idea is for FLynx to operate in a common pool of aircraft - with equipment being put on or taken off depending on who needs the helos, Army or Navy.
To minimise the time taken doing this, the idea is that there should be a common paint scheme, and 'studies have shown' that a grey paint scheme is the best in both the land and maritime environments. Hence grey FLynx.
Ah Clod mi old mate
"I'll put a fiver on it getting doubler-plates on the boom at both the transportation joint and forward of the IGB."
Must have told ya about my last few months in the service when the NI theater reserve Lynx 666 developed a 6-8 inch vertical crack just forward of the transportation joint.
I was gobsmacked as was mi ASM and the experts from Fleetlands who came out to check on the Gibberish message they had had from Bellykelly. 6 inch vertical crack on a Heli Never, but it was and I never saw the cab again after they took her away.
Damien was a very reliable cab back in my day. Yes back then Myths and Legends surrounded it Holy Airframe, like the often proved right one that who who expressed a lack of faith or failed to show due reverence invariably passed away in their sleep.
This curse could be lifted my buying beer for Warlock in Chief.
john blessed are the FRBs
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