Lynx Mk9A better than Wildcat?

Discussion in 'Aviation' started by crashtestdummy1910, Dec 10, 2009.

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  1. I have heard the Lynx Mk9A has just arrived up North, with just a few teething problems to be sure, but hopefully nothing too serious.
    I am just wondering why dont we just scrap the Wildcat and convert to 9A's, As far as i can see, if Wildcat comes in it will have minimal improvement over current lynx due to airframe weight increase, whereas 9a's give the fleet a truely useful ability, hey maybe thats just me.
  2. You're getting the Wildcat as a) the 7 needs replacing, and b) so does the 8.

    If the Army hadn't bought into the replacement helicopter, the Navy wouldn't get a replacement helicopter.

    Just as happened 30+ years ago.

    AFAIU, the 9a is a utility, whereas Wildcat has a sensor-fit, albeit not where you'd get best use out of it. But then again, Grey Lynx don't get to hide behind trees too often.
  3. I would imagine that even the 9a's are getting long in the tooth now so eventually they will have to go. Look on the bright side you'll get a new A/C to play with, hopefully Full FADEC, Glass Cockpit, integrated NAV and AP with auto coupled ILS. (Well you have to dream)..

    It's back to the usual "either this or nothing" and I know which would get my vote.
  4. The 9s arrived at Dishforth in the summer of 92, amid a flurry of broken nosewheel locking pins. I would imagine they've clocked-up a fair few hours by now, ferrying around and about small groups of blokes in light-order, senior officers and pizzas.
  5. Porridge_gun

    Porridge_gun LE Good Egg (charities)

    I broke the first one, I broke the first one ner ner ner ner
  6. I thought Wastelands did that when they bolted those bloody ugly wheels on the side, what a lash up...
  7. Give them a little credit - the 9 gave them the opportunity to offload a shed-full of Whirlwind legs.
  8. Harsh

    But fair....
  9. As an observation, it wasn't well received at the post-factory-visit bunfight.

    But you know me - subtle as a house-brick. :D
  10. No doubt that will explain your ticket to the launch of the Wildcat not arriving on time.. :D :D

    As subtle the Wastelands wheels. :lol: :lol: :lol:
  11. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Thats not much you can say in response to that, mate!
  12. An inventive use of available resources :lol: If you wanted go faster wheels i'm sure they could knock some out for an extra million or four :twisted: