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Last of the Lynx

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  • Last of the Lynx

    The British Army is decommissioning the Lynx helicopter after 40 years service. Four are doing a round the country flypast tour. They've picked a lousy day for it with very gusty conditions, rain and low cloud. According to the itinerary they should be passing over my area about now but I doubt I'll see them which is shame.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42663383
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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    They've picked a lousy day for it with very gusty conditions, rain and low cloud.
    I suppose just the sort of weather they are used to?
    But as they are keeping the Wildcat, it does rather remain in service in a more modern configuration
    History is not tragedy; to understand historical reality, it is sometimes better to not know the end of the story.

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    • #3
      I wonder if the British Army ever thought of using the Lynx as A scout helicopter to work alongside the Apache?

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      • #4
        Did you end up getting to see them?
        The First Amendment applies to SMS, Emails, Blogs, online news, the Fourth applies to your cell phone, computer, and your car, but the Second only applies to muskets?

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        • #5
          I wonder if the British Army ever thought of using the Lynx as A scout helicopter to work alongside the Apache?
          Slightly differing time-frames; Gazelle was scout, Lynx was multi-role including anti-armour and some scouty-ness. When Apache entered service the Lynx became more multi-role but less scout.

          So current the AAC is now Apache plus UAV for this kind of operation, with UAV control being transferred to Apche in future planning.
          History is not tragedy; to understand historical reality, it is sometimes better to not know the end of the story.

          Pierre Vidal-Naquet

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          • #6
            Video of the flight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmnypn63PkQ
            History is not tragedy; to understand historical reality, it is sometimes better to not know the end of the story.

            Pierre Vidal-Naquet

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bluenose View Post
              The First Amendment applies to SMS, Emails, Blogs, online news, the Fourth applies to your cell phone, computer, and your car, but the Second only applies to muskets?

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              • #8
                What is replacing it, is it going to be British made? Better than the UH-60M?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Frtigern View Post
                  What is replacing it, is it going to be British made? Better than the UH-60M?
                  The Westland AW159 Wildcat it's an improved Lynx 34 of them.

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                  • #10
                    Westland
                    AgustaWestland these days
                    History is not tragedy; to understand historical reality, it is sometimes better to not know the end of the story.

                    Pierre Vidal-Naquet

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                    • #11
                      Been reading about the Falklands with HMS Endurance and its Lynx helicopters. Might have to pickup this book someday.

                      The Royal Navy Lynx: An Operational History
                      by Larry Jeram-Croft



                      This book tells the story of an incredibly capable naval aircraft, based primarily on the words of those who flew and maintained it. Beginning with the Lynx's entry into service in 1976, it goes on to discuss its remarkable performance in the Falklands War. Here it was used in both its primary roles of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, as well as several others for which it had never been designed, such as Airborne Early Warning and anti-Exocet missile counter measures. The Lynx has been continuously employed in the Gulf from 1980 until the present day. What is not generally known is the fact that these aircraft were responsible for effectively destroying the Iraqi navy, sinking over fifteen warships in a matter of a weeks. All related operational details are included here. Also included are accounts of operations conducted around the world, including anti-drug interdiction, Arctic deployments, Search and Rescue, hurricane relief, as well as a few notable mishaps. Also described is the development of the aircraft from the Mark 2 to the current Mark 8 (SRU), bringing the narrative fully up to date.Although only a snapshot, the stories narrated here offer the reader a real understanding of the capabilities of an aircraft with a truly remarkable history of service.
                      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Navy-.../dp/1473862515

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                      • #12
                        Oops the HMS Endurance had Wasp helicopters on board during the Falklands conflict. Didn't carry the Lynx until 1987.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bluenose View Post
                          Slightly differing time-frames; Gazelle was scout, Lynx was multi-role including anti-armour and some scouty-ness. When Apache entered service the Lynx became more multi-role but less scout.

                          So current the AAC is now Apache plus UAV for this kind of operation, with UAV control being transferred to Apche in future planning.
                          Interesting. So the UAV operator will sit in the Apache rather than be ground based? What it is the rationale behind that?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Escape2Victory View Post
                            Interesting. So the UAV operator will sit in the Apache rather than be ground based? What it is the rationale behind that?
                            The UAV is controlled on the ground but now an AH-64E can take control of a UAV and scout where they want it too and fire it's weapons.

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                            • #15
                              The UAV is controlled on the ground but now an AH-64E can take control of a UAV and scout where they want it too and fire it's weapons.
                              Yes, as with many MALE and above, the circuit can be locally ground-controlled but operations sit with someone else.

                              Interesting. So the UAV operator will sit in the Apache rather than be ground based? What it is the rationale behind that?
                              It offers another asset for the aircraft, one that extends sensor range but is less valuable and so can be sacrificed if the operating environment appears too hostile for the manned platform. More ambitious plans include a similar set-up for fighters and even the use of de-manned [older fighters] acting as 'loyal wingmen' to a manned aircraft.
                              History is not tragedy; to understand historical reality, it is sometimes better to not know the end of the story.

                              Pierre Vidal-Naquet

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