LYNX HMA 8 'Super Lynx'
The British Royal Navy's HMA 8 'Super Lynx' is a versatile naval helicopter able to carry out anti-submarine, anti-surface and search and rescue missions. The Royal Navy operate HMA8 Lynx from all their escort ships, destroyers and frigates.
The HMA 8 Lynx carries a suite of sophisticated sensors including a 360° search radar which is used to guide Sea Skua anti-ship missiles. A Forward-Looking InfraRed (FLIR) pod is gimble-mounted atop the HMA 8's chin, above the radar. When hunting submarines, the HMA8 can lower a AN/AQS-18 dipping sonar beneath the water's surface or deploy a Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD).
The Lynx can carry up to 9 fully-laden troops in the rear cabin and can be equipped with a pintle-mounted door gun. A Royal Navy HMA 8 Lynx took part in, Operation Barras, the rescue of captured British soldiers in Sierra Leone, 2000. Armed with a 7.62mm minigun, the Navy lynx provided close air support and was on casevac standby for the Special Forces troops involved.
LYNX HMA 8 Specifications
The Super Lynx's chin houses a 360 ° search radar (below), with a range of 25 miles, and a Sea Owl thermal imager (top).
Royal Navy HMA 8 Lynx flying past U.S. Sixth Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in the Mediterranean Sea whilst on an exercise. Note the Sea Owl gimble-mounted FLIR pod mounted above the Seaspray radar dome in the aircraft's chin.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Timm Duckworth
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Royal Navy Lynx HMA 8