Lynx Mk 64
This helicopter is being purchased primarily
to operate as an integrated sensor platform
to enhance and extend the operational
capability of the recently purchased SAN
Meko class Frigates. Other roles will
include Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime
Surveillance, Control of Economic Exclusion
Zone (EEZ), Utility/Troop Transport,
Vertical Replenishment and Aircrew Training.
The Super Lynx Mk 64, has a glass
technology cockpit and is cleared for single
pilot operations in Instrument Flight (IFR)
conditions by day and night. The displays
comprise of 4 primary units providing
flight, navigation, radar and sensor
information, along with a further two
providing engine and system monitoring data.
The aircraft will be crewed by a pilot and a
tactical co-ordinator for the majority of
its normal roles, but can be configured for
a two-pilot operation for training purposes.
It is powered by two 2 LHTEC
CTS800-4N turboshaft engines provided with
dual FADEC systems.
The avionics systems are managed by
twin integrated Thales UK Control Display
and Navigation Units (CDNU) using modern
databus technology. An emergency control
panel is provided for discreet control of
the CDNUs and IFF amongst other systems. A
Data Transfer Device is provided to transfer
mission data to and from the helicopter.
The aircraft has two V/UHF radios
produced by Reutech Defence Industries, a HF
radio from Grintek and a Datalink system
produced by Thales Advanced Engineering.
These systems are all locally produced in
the RSA. A telebrief system is also fitted
to allow secure communication with the ship
whilst the helicopter is on deck prior to
The Lynx has an embedded GPS/INS
system, as well as a Direction Finding
system. Information is provided by an
Attitude and Heading Reference System, a
Doppler and an Air Data System. The
helicopter is also equipped with VOR and DME.
The Denel Optronics Argos 410-M
Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) System is
installed along with a Telephonics 360
degree Search Radar. The IFF and Electronics
Support Measures (ESM) systems are both
locally produced, being the Tellumat PT-2000
and the Sysdel Sea Raven, respectively.
Thales Advanced Engineering supply a
datalink as a "video graber", a dedicated
hardware thats allows the transfer of video
material taken by the FLIR to be transmitted
to the mothership for further action.
An Aerosud aomoured flight crew seat as well
as an infrarednexhaust suppression system.
The helicopter also has an
automatic flight control system and a radio
altimeter to enhance capability and safety.
A spares package is being purchased to allow
the aircraft to conduct embarked operations
from the Frigates, as well as at the main
base at 22 Squadron.
The maximum take-off weight is
5,330 kilograms (11,726 pounds). In the
observation role a typical range would be in
the region of 300 nautical miles, whilst
endurance would be in excess of 2.5 hours.
It can carry up to 6 passengers and has a
normal operating speed of 120 knots.