The Westland Lynx is a British multi-purpose utility helicopter, developed during the late 1960s as a replacement for the then in service Westland Scout and Wasp. Coming as part of the British helicopter tree, the Lynx AH Mk.1 will soon make its appearance in pilots’ hangars with the release of the upcoming update 1.91!
Briefly: A highly agile and fast British multi-role utility helicopter, promising excellent performance with its combination of great mobility and vast weapons arsenal.
Development on the Lynx began in the mid 1960s, when Westland sought a replacement for its existing Scout and Wasp helicopters, while also wanting to provide a more advanced alternative to the UH-1 Iroquois.
After some delays, the first prototype was ready for testing by the early ‘70s. In March 1971, the prototype conducted its maiden flight. In further sorties, the Lynx managed to break a number of world speed records for helicopters. Quite content with the Lynx’s performance, the British Army placed an order for 100 units of the type to be produced in the mid ‘70s. Subsequently, the Lynx received its official army designation ‘Lynx AH Mk.1’.
Since its introduction to service, the Lynx saw service primarily with the British Army and the Royal Navy in various different roles, including among others transport, armed escort and anti-tank warfare. Furthermore, the Lynx also saw service with countries such as the Netherlands, Norway and Argentina, while other countries like Germany, France, Denmark, South Korea, Brazil and Portugal, to name a few, still use variants of the Lynx today.
During their service, Lynx helicopters found themselves taking part in numerous conflicts, including the Falklands and Gulf wars, military interventions on the Balkans during the 1990s, anti-piracy efforts in Somalia and many more thanks to their ongoing service today. In total, around 450 Lynx helicopters of various modifications have been produced by 2009, with production still ongoing today.
Lynx AH Mk.1, helicopter, Britain, VI rank.
- Superb mobility
- Small profile
- Extensive ordnance options
- Lacking protection
- G-Lynx (Rank 6 Great Britain) - available after 1.91 update;
- Premium account for 15 days;
- 2000 Golden Eagles;
- Pre-order bonus: unique "Lynx" decal;
- Pre-order bonus: unique “Silver cat” title.
- Pre-order - G-Lynx Pack;
- Sho’t Kal Dalet Pack.
In War Thunder, the Lynx AH Mk.1 will be among the top helicopters awaiting pilots in the new British helicopter tree, coming soon to the game as part of update 1.91. Combining excellent mobility with numerous lethal ordnance options, the Lynx AH Mk.1 will provide seasoned British pilots in the game with an all singing, all dancing utility helicopter, perfectly suited for top rank battles!
Fun Fact: A modified version of the Lynx, called G-LYNX, set a new absolute speed record for helicopters, attaining a maximum speed of 400 km/h (249 mph) - a record that it still holds to this day.
One of the arguably most notable features of the Lynx AH Mk.1 are its absolutely superb flight characteristics. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Gem 2A turboshaft engines, generating almost 900 horsepower each, the Lynx is able to reach a top speed of 273 km/h in level flight, while its sleek aerodynamic design allows it to even perform some aerobatic maneuvers such as loops and rolls, without much difficulty.
However, while the Lynx AH Mk.1 offers some of the best flight characteristics compared to other helicopters currently present in the game, this does come at somewhat of a cost. Namely, to save on weight and preserve the vehicle's excellent agility, engineers kept the Lynx's protection fairly light. In fact, the protection on the Lynx AH Mk.1 will most of the time be insufficient to protect it from incoming fire, meaning that aspiring pilots of this machine will need to resort back to the Lynx's speed and agility to avoid enemy fire in the first place.
Apart from cutting edge flight performance, the Lynx AH Mk.1 also boasts a vast and comprehensive selection of deadly ordnance loadouts. As such, pilots will be able to outfit their Lynx AH Mk.1 with various secondary ordnance options, ranging from cannon pod and rockets to several types of ATGM and Stinger air-to-air missiles in numerous combinations
As a result, aspiring pilots of this machine will be hard-pressed to find themselves in a situation for which a Lynx AH Mk.1 would be ill-equipped for. On the other hand, its varied secondary arsenal will also make the Lynx a highly accessible helicopter to many players, given its capability to cater to a number of different playstyles.
The Lynx AH Mk.1 will become available to all War Thunder pilots as part of the upcoming British helicopter tree, coming to the game with the release of update 1.91. In the meantime, be sure to keep a close watch on the news for all the latest developments regarding the next major update coming to the game very soon. Until then, clear skies and good hunting pilots!
The War Thunder Team