Paul Derby

The Royal Danish Air Force has awarded a £20-million ($32-million) contract to GKN Westland to upgrade its fleet of eight Lynx helicopters to Super Lynx standard.

The deal marks the first time that a Lynx upgrade and life extension programme will include the supply of new airframe structures.

Westland says the innovative approach offers operators whose Lynxes are nearing the end of their service life a cost-effective method of extending the aircraft's lifespan.

The fleet's existing engines, flying controls, hydraulic systems, avionics and electrical systems will be transferred into the replacement airframes and improvements completed with modifications to the main rotor blades, tail rotor and fuel systems.


Reduced maintenance costs will be another plus for potential customers, says Lynx Programme Director John Falconer: "GKN Westland has always recognised the importance of maintaining aircraft in service for as long as they meet the demanding needs of maritime helicopter operators around the world.

"We have worked closely with our customers to update and upgrade their fleets to provide the required capability at minimum cost.

"This latest contract reaffirms our commitment to the upgrade market and our readiness to look for innovative ways to meet the specific needs of individual customers."

Source: Flight Daily News