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#6057 German Navy - Westland Super Lynx Mk.88A (83+13)

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Westland Super Lynx Mk.88A (83+13) from the German Navy doing a low-pass at Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport (Airbus' Hamburg facility, Germany)

The Westland Lynx is a British multi-purpose twin-engined military helicopter designed and built by Westland Helicopters at its factory in Yeovil (UK). Originally intended as a utility craft for both civil and naval usage, military interest led to the development of both battlefield and naval variants. The Lynx went into operational usage in 1977 and was later adopted by the armed forces of over a dozen nations, primarily serving in the battlefield utility, anti-armour, search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare roles. The first German Navy (Deutsche Marine) Lynx, a Sea Lynx Mk.88 model, was manufactured in 1981. A total of 19 were built. In 1996, the German Navy elected to purchase seven additional Super Lynx Mk.88As; in 1998, the decision was taken to upgrade the existing Mk.88 fleet, by then numbering a total of 17, to the improved Mk.88A standard. In the anti-surface role, Germany's Lynx fleet were supplemented by several Westland Sea Kings, which were upgraded with Sea Skua missiles in the 1990s. In 2009, Germany was studying a limited upgrade programme for their Super Lynx fleet which reportedly included the replacement of the current anti-ship missile. In 2013, the German defence ministry signed a contract with Selex ES to integrate new electro-optical/infrared sensors onto the Super Lynx. The Super Lynx Mk.88A is the upgraded export version for the German Navy with Gem 42 engines, under-nose radome with 360° traverse radar and FLIR (Forward-looking infrared) above the nose. Seven new build helicopters plus conversion of 17 Mk.88s.

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