First Royal Navy Wildcat makes maiden flight
28 Jan 2013
The first Wildcat attack helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Navy has successfully taken its first flight at Yeovil in Somerset, the UK MoD announced today, Monday 28th January.
The AW159 Wildcat has a more powerful engine than the Lynx helicopters. It is also equipped with a more robust fuselage. The marime attack variant Wildcat HMA Mark 2 is equipped with high-tech interactive displays and a new radar system that provides 360-degree surveillance and can carry Sting Ray torpedoes, a door-mounted 0.5-inch heavy machine gun, and new light and heavy variants of the future anti-surface guided weapon missiles. The Royal Navy will use the Wildcat HMA.2 in anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, force protection and counter-piracy roles.
The Royal Navy will receive 28 maritime attack variant helicopters, which will begin operations across the globe from 2015 and replace the existing Lynx Mark 8.