From the MoD
The Royal Navy’s next-generation helicopter Wildcat, is pictured onboard HMS Iron Duke during three days of trials at sea.
A Wildcat touched down onto the flight deck of HMS Iron Duke at the Naval Base as part of intensive tests before the fast and potent helicopter is declared operational.
In just three years’ time the Wildcat will be the backbone of the Royal Navy’s frigate and destroyer operations around the globe, replacing the trusted Lynx which has served the Fleet Air Arm loyally since the mid-70s.
Next month the aircraft will begin trials at sea but not before necessary fundamental checks are carried out on board HMS Iron Duke.
As well as landing on the frigate, a 31-strong test team need to ensure Wildcat can be moved in and out of the hangar using the ship’s helicopter recovery system. On-board refuelling and ammunition checks were also carried out
A Wildcat helicopter takes off from RFA Argus during trials.
The wildcat team conducted various movements around the flight deck, moving the aircraft to different spots using a mechanical handler and a flight deck tractor as well as refuelling and weapon loading.
The trials alongside were conducted prior to the ship sailing for 4 weeks where the wildcat team continued testing the aircraft at sea.