The Norwegian Air Force (Lufttforsvaret)
ordered six Lynxes for use by the civil
Kystvart (Coast Guard) for SAR, fishery
patrol and environmental control duties.
The first made
its first flight on 23 January 1981.
Assigned to the
Air Force´s Nº 337 Skvadron at Bardufoss,
the aircraft operate mainly from tree Coast
Guard “Nordkap” class patrol vessels in the
North Atlantic (north of 65ºN). The Coast
Guard supplies the Lynx winchmen, helicopter
control and flight deck personnel on the
ship. The Air Force operates and maintains
the aircraft, providing pilots, navigators
(all of whom are cross-trained technicians),
crew chiefs and technicians. When a Lynx
deploys aboard one of the Coast Guard ships
(usually for a three week, 50 flying hour
period) the Air Force pilots, navigators and
single crew chief do theirs own daily
inspections and minor maintenance.
Technicians do not embark.
With the same Gem
4 Mk 1010 engines and increased AUW as the
Dutch Mk27, the six Norwegian Lynx Mk86 were
only semi-navalised, lacking the normal
folding tailboom of the navy Lynx.
They are equipped with Decca TANS, Doppler
71, VOR/ILS, ADF and DME, as well as the
Seaspray radar. In addition to the usual
UHF, HF and VHF/AM radios, the Norwegian
lynxes have a police/emergency service
The TANS is connected to the Agiflite
camera, witch allows navigational data to be
imprinted on photos of border/territorial
A rescue hoist is used for SAR and for
winching inspectors down to vessels being
examined. It is also used to lift a fuel
line to allow HIFR. Light stores racks are
often fitted for smoke floats or flares.
One Lynx (235) crashed on 12 January 1988,
but was rebuild (as 350) and re-entered
service in 1991.
The aircrafts have been retrofitted with
four-bag flotation equipment and BERP rotor