They certainly have new ideas about wiring and riveting, especially when it comes to access for rivet guns and reaction blocks. Its quite hard to get the feckers away from their cosy office to actually look at an airframe.
Last time I picked a cab up from Westlands that had undergone servicing, they had refitted the 'bonk' incorrectly and we flew all the way across to Germany with it poorly attached, but i thought, thats ok, they only 'designed' it, they must now what they are doing.....hmmmm
Superfrog, similar to the time we dropped a cab off there (Mk9) and they firstly didn't know how to take the brakes off and secondly broke the nose leg shear pin because they hadn't got a clue how to ground handle it.
The Drawing in Ralfs post seems to show a new tail boom.
The 'Original' Boom was a French design and too weak, it followed the design of the Gazelle boom. This allowed T/R vibs to move from the TRGB down to the angle G/B then forward.
In early 90 , 666, at BK developed a 6-8 inch vertical crack in the Centre section, about 4 inches forward of the transportation joint to the tailboom.
AETW had two very early Lynx in their hanger in early-mid 80s. These had the first design of tail boom by Westlands. It was 'Almost' an enlarged Scout Tail boom complete with external stringers.
"Last December Sikorsky signed a five year $7.4 billion contract for 537 upgraded UH-60 Blackhawk and MH-60 Seahawk helicopters for the US Army/Navy. With support and spares packages, this is approx $21m per helicopter- a little over Â£10 million at the current exchange rate.
US forces will receive nearly eight times as many airframes for not much more money than the UK is proposing to spend on 70 Future Lynx helicopters destined for service with the British Army and Royal Navy!"