Technical details relating to the Westland Future Lynx:-

Construction:   Conventionally built airframe, the boom has an unusual slab-sided appearance to reduce radar signature. Wire-strike protection is built in to the airframe and it is also fully marinised.

Powerplant:   Twin LHTEC CTS800 engines producing around a third more power than the old Rolls Royce Gem engines of the original Lynxes, giving an endurance of up to 3 hours.

Avionics:   The integrated avionics suite is a major advance over previous Lynxes. 4 large LCD screens in the cockpit can be configured for varying roles, displaying appropriate data and symbology.

Sensors:    The Royal Navy version has a 360 scanning digital colour radar mounted beneath the nose to detect maritime targets. Above the nose, the Electro Optical sight allows detection and tracking of distant targets, and the Army version will be able to designate targets for Apache attack helicopters.

Armament:    A pintle mounted GPMG or heavy machine gun can be fitted to all versions. The naval version can be fitted with pylons to carry the current range of torpedoes and Sea Skua missiles, as well as the Future Air to Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW).

Defensive Systems:    An Integrated Defensive Aids Suite, along with engine IR suppression will reduce detection and enhance missile avoidance, while improved armour and enhanced crashworthiness will aid survivability.


Maximum all up mass    5,790kg

Typical endurance    3 hours

Maximum endurance    4.5 hours with addition tanks