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The replacement of the long-serving Lynx helicopter as the air power of the Royal Navy’s destroyers, some of her frigates also operating the Merlin, and whichever warship or Royal Fleet Auxiliary requires an aircraft for its global mission. Wildcat carried out deck landing trials at sea on RFA Argus and HMS Iron Duke as test pilots, specialist engineers and technicians noted the
helicopter’s flight characteristics to help them set the limits so it can be safely operated at sea by the Fleet Air Arm.


Although Wildcat looks very similar to a Lynx the two are very different. The new aircraft has more powerful engines – giving the pilot around one third more power than its predecessor – and new avionics w/ four large colour display cockpits, replacing dials and screens of the old fleet. In  addition to Sting Ray torpedoes, and a .5in M3M machine-gun mounted by the side door it has new light and heavy versions of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon – the next-generation missile for use against targets at sea and on land.

 


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