UK orders 70 Future Lynx helicopters
23 Jun 2006
On 22 June 2006, the UK Mnistry of Defence ordered 70 Future Lynx helicopters from AgustaWestland. The programme valued at just under GBP 1 billion will provide the British Army and Royal Navy with 40 and 30 Future Lynx helicopters respectively. An option has also been placed for a further 10 aircraft split equally between the Army and Royal Navy.
The contract is the first to be awarded under the Strategic Partnering Arrangement between the MoD and AgustaWestland, which was also signed on 22 June 2006. The arrangement will see replacement of existing Army and Royal Navy Lynx helicopters with a much more capable version incorporating advanced technology which will deliver more capability and reduce whole life costs.
The Future Lynx programme will support over 800 high technology jobs across the UK. The first flight of the first Future Lynx will take place in late 2009 with initial deliveries starting in 2011. Future Lynx will enter operational service in 2014 with the British Army and 2015 with the Royal Navy.