Lynx Mk 2(FN)
Based on the RN HAS.
Mk 2, but with the higher (10,500lb/4763 kg9
all up weight normally associated with the
Gem 4 engined Dutch Lynx Mk 27, the
Aeronavale Mk 2 also had a ASUW capability
from start, the later being added to the RN
variant only by retrofit. The French OMERA
Segid ORB31W radar replaced the usual
Seaspray, and the aircraft was fitted with
Alcatel DUAV-4B “dunking” sonar.
in the ASUW role comprised Aérospatiale AS12
ASMs, acquired a roof mounted sight above
the co-pilot´s station, in order to aim the
wire-guided AS12 was withdrawn from use,
although the mounting plate remained.
Twenty-six were build, using the “last”
three of their UK serials as their
Aéronavale identities. The first, 260, made
its maiden flight on 24 October 1979.
The Aéronavale´s Lynx
Mk4 was the French equivalent to the British
HAS. Mk3, though the dynamics, transmission
and powerplant changes were not accompanied
by any major improvement in systems or
Mk4 was thus basically the Gem 41-1 powered
equivalent to the original French Mk2, with
the same sonar and radar. The new engine
allowed an increase in AUW to 10,750lb (4876
Mk4 was produced.
French lynxes have been improved and
modernised in service, and now have BERP
main rotor blades.