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German Navy weighs up Lynx replacement options
« on: June 01, 2017, 11:35:50 PM »
IHS Jane's 360 - 01 June 2017
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The German Navy is currently studying options for the programme to replace the service's AgustaWestland Lynx Mk 88A helicopters, which are primarily used as shipboard helicopters operating from frigates.

Speaking at the UDT 2017 conference in Bremen, Germany, Commander René Levien, a German Navy Staff underwater warfare expert, said that consideration is being given to a mix of manned and unmanned systems, with final numbers still to be determined.

The German Navy’s Lynx helicopters entered service in the 1980s and were updated to the Mk 88A standard around 2000. According to Cdr Levien, the existing engines and avionics will reach obsolescence by 2025. To achieve an initial operating capability (IOC) with the replacement type by 2025, the new aircraft will have to arrive from 2023, he said.

The focus for the replacement capability will be on anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare.


The German Navy is looking to start replacing its ageing Lynx Mk 88A helicopters from 2025. Source: UNIFIL

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Re: German Navy weighs up Lynx replacement options
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2018, 12:45:33 PM »
Lockheed Martin and Rheinmetall team for German Sea Lynx replacement effort | Janes - 15 October 2018
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The two companies signed a letter of intent (LOI) to partner on offering the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter as a replacement for the DM's 21 Sea Lynxes.

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In all, the DM is looking for between 18 and 24 new helicopters to replace the Sea Lynxes, with the chosen platform being able to fulfil both a shipborne ASW and an ASuW capability.

While the details of the Lockheed Martin and Rheinmetall bid have not been disclosed, the MH-60R is equipped with the Thales/Raytheon AQS-22 Airborne Low-Frequency Sonar (ALFS) and previous Foreign Military Sales of the type have included torpedos, 12.7 mm GAU-21 (M3M) and 7.62 mm M240 (FN MAG) machine guns, AGM-114 Hellfire laser-guided missiles, and 70 mm rockets that have been upgraded with BAE's Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser guidance kit.

Besides Lockheed Martin and Rheinmetall, other contenders will comprise Leonardo with its AW159 Lynx Wildcat and Airbus Helicopters with its NH90-derived Sea Lion. The Lynx Wildcat can be configured to carry active dipping sonar (ADS), sonobuoys, and torpedoes, while for the anti-surface warfare role it can be armed with anti-ship missiles, rockets, and guns. An upgraded version of the Sea Lion, known as the Prospective Sea Lion, has been fitted with ASW and ASuW equipment required for the Sea Lynx replacement effort.


The German Navy has 21 Sea Lynx helicopters that it is looking to begin replacing from about 2023. Source: IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings