Wildcat Helicopters

Defence written question – answered on 23rd October 2012.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Conservative, Bournemouth East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weapons system will be deployable from the version of the Wildcat helicopter operated by (a) the Army and (b) the Royal Navy.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Army Variant of the Lynx Wildcat helicopter will be equipped with the general purpose machine gun 7.62 mm and heavy machine gun 12.7 mm.

The Royal Navy Variant of the Wildcat helicopter will be equipped with the Sting Ray Torpedo; the Mk 11 Depth charge; the general purpose machine gun; heavy machine gun; and the future anti-surface guided weapon.

The difference between the weapon systems to be fitted to each Variant reflects the different operational roles the aircraft are being procured to meet.

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