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Old 22nd Jan 2018, 10:15
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Leonardo/Westland - Yeovil (UK)

Chaps,

Could anyone give me an update of what is actually built at the Westland/Leonardo site in Yeovil these days. Is it still just Lynx and EH101, or have Agusta sent some other work there?

It's been almost 20 years since I worked there so just curious?

Many thanks,
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Old 22nd Jan 2018, 14:01
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SAR 189's as well
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Old 22nd Jan 2018, 14:26
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Nooby,

But just the eleven UK SAR aircraft by the sounds of it:

Flight: Leonardo Helicopters could move AW149 production to UK
Although Leonardo Helicopters had hoped the Somerset site would become a centre of excellence for search and rescue (SAR) AW189s, a lack of orders beyond 11 for Bristow Helicopters in the UK has put paid to this in the short term; although [Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters Daniele] Romiti refuses to rule out some future SAR work, it is entirely dependent on volumes, he says.
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Old 22nd Jan 2018, 16:25
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Thanks Guys,

That's really helpful.

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Old 22nd Jan 2018, 19:25
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Certainly not Lynx. It's just gone out of service.
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Old 22nd Jan 2018, 20:03
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Originally Posted by MightyGem View Post
Certainly not Lynx. It's just gone out of service.
Depends if you classify a Wildcat as a Lynx....
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Old 23rd Jan 2018, 18:45
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If it looks like a Lynx and sounds like a Lynx........................

Oh, and is built from some parts of 'retired' Lynx.................
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Old 23rd Jan 2018, 21:40
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They built Apaches there too.
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Old 24th Jan 2018, 00:46
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
They built Apaches there too.
'Did' would be more appropriate - all 67 of them...

The newer E model Guardian will be assembled at Mesa , AZ

Boeing contracted to remanufacture 38 UK Apaches to AH-64E standard | Jane's 360

I am led to believe there were talks between Boeing and Leonardo re support afterwards but for sure not as far as being assembled.

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Depends if you classify a Wildcat as a Lynx....
If it looks like a Lynx and sounds like a Lynx........................

Oh, and is built from some parts of 'retired' Lynx.
Very true.
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One just taxied past my window and my first thought before it came into view was that someone must have been flying a Lynx for delivery somewhere - then the ugly tail section came into view...............
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