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Wildcat HMA  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Maiden Flight: 12 November 2009
Total Production: 38
Also Known As: AW159 Lynx Wildcat, FLynx, Future Lynx and Wildcat HMA Mark 2
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: GKN Aerospace, Leonardo Helicopters* and Oldland CNC   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Lynx
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1976
Total Production: 492
Family Members: Battlefield Lynx, Super Lynx and Wildcat AH1
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Description: The GKN/AgustaWestland Lynx is a lightweight, twin-engine, multi-role helicopter designed to meet the requirements of the British Army and the Royal Navy for battlefield and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions respectively. The Royal Navy's Sea Lynx are also suitable to conduct anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missions employing anti-ship missiles. The Lynx helicopter family was ordered by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman and the Republic of Korea (RoK) as well as other operators. The basic Lynx helicopter was powered by two Rolls-Royce Gem 42 turboshaft engines but more recent upgraded versions are powered by two CTS800-4N engines. It entered service in 1976 and was successfully deployed for the first time during the Falklands conflict in 1982. The AW159 Lynx Wildcat, originally referred to as the Future Lynx, represents the most modern standard and was introduced in 2014.

The Battlefield Light Utility Helicopter (BLUH) program demonstrated that Future Lynx, a further development of proven Super Lynx 300, had the potential to meet future requirements of both the British Army and the Royal Navy. The Future Lynx features new airframe, advanced avionics, new engines, and a service life of 25/30 years. AgustaWestland's Future Lynx program was selected by the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (MoD) on March 24, 2005, to fulfill the future land and sea helicopter requirements of the British Armed Forces. The program value was estimated at £1 billion. On 22 June 2006, the UK MoD and AgustaWestland signed a Strategic Partnering Arrangement (SPA) for the development and production of 70 Future Lynx under a contract not to exceed £1 billion ($1.73 billion). The development phase was valued at £380 million with first deliveries due in 2011. Future Lynx or FLynx was planned to reach initial operational capability (IOC) in 2014 within the British Army and one year later, 2015, with the Royal Navy. Seventy FLynxs will be delivered to the UK MoD with the Army receiving 40 helicopters and the Royal Navy the remaining 30 aircraft with options for an additional 10 (5/5). The aircraft was re-named the AW159 Wildcat and the final arrangement called for the production of 28 Royal Navy Wildcat HMA and 34 British Army Wildcat AH1 helicopters.

The Royal Navy's Wildcat HMA helicopter has been designed to conduct traditional ASW and ASuW missions as well as to engage and destroy fast attack crafts. It features a configurable cockpit display, networked enabled capability, more powerful engines, better defensive aids and a new four-blade tail rotor system. Technology improvements mean that the aircraft has greater reliability, resulting in significant reductions to support and maintenance costs over life of the aircraft which could last for up to thirty years. Powered by two LHTEC CTS800-4N engines each rated at 1,361-shp and a 12,000-hour fatigue life airframe Wildcat is the most advanced and capable Lynx variant fielded so far. A new low set symmetric tailplane has been incorporated to improve flying qualities and larger cockpit doors have been designed to improve crew egress. Wildcat with its CTS800-4N engines will have an endurance of approximately 3 hours with standard fuel and 4.5 hours with auxiliary fuel. The Royal Navy's Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft (SCMR) is provided with BOWMAN connectivity enabling network-centric operations. The Royal Navy plans call for the procurement of 28 Wildcat HMA beginning in 2015 through 2020.

Wildcat HMA Specifications

Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Service Life Flight Hours: 12,000
Tail Rotor Blades: 4
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 2,722 shp (2,031 kW)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 160 knot (296 kph)
Time
Flight Endurance: 3 hour (0.13 day)
Service Life: 30 year
Weight
Max Takeoff Weight: 6,250 kilogram (13,779 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Wildcat HMA News

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017MBDA Successfully Conducts First Test Firing of Sea Venom Anti-Ship Missile
Monday, January 9, 2017Leonardo Awarded AW159 Wildcat Integrated Support and Training Contract
Thursday, March 31, 2016Philippine Navy Orders Two AW159 ASW Helicopters
Tuesday, October 28, 2014Sagem to Supply Seeker for Sea Venom Lightweight Anti-Ship Missile
Wednesday, July 16, 2014AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract
UK MoD Places Order for FASGW Heavy and Light Missiles
Monday, June 16, 2014Thales Awarded Procurement Contract by UK MoD for FASGW(L) Missiles
Tuesday, May 27, 2014UK MoD Deploys Gen3 Common Missile Warning System on its Helicopters
Thursday, March 27, 2014MBDA Awarded Contract for Development of FASGW-ANL Anti-Ship Missile
Wednesday, February 6, 2013AgustaWestland Selects Thales to Supply FLASH Compact Dipping Sonars

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Philippines2
Aircraft (2) ordered in March 2016
United Kingdom28
Royal Navy (28)
YearHoldings
201520
20144HMA (4)

Grand Total 383
Defensive Weapons
FASGW(L)x20
Sting Rayx2
Offensive Weapons
Sea Venomx4
Propulsion Systems
CTS800-4Nx2
Protection Systems
AN/AAR-57 CMWSx1
Sensor Systems
Seaspray 7400Ex1
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