Royal Thai Navy Super Lynx 300 Enters Service
At a ceremony aboard HTMS Taksin, Admiral Sampop Amraparn, Commander in Chief, formally accepted the Super Lynx into operational service with the Royal Thai Navy. Thailand has today become the ninth Super Lynx operator and the third operator of the new generation Super Lynx 300. Super Lynx are in service with the armed forces of Denmark, Brazil, Germany, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Oman and the United Kingdom. Additionally South Africa has ordered four Super Lynx 300s for its shipborne helicopter requirements.
The Royal Thai Navy Super Lynx 300 aircraft are operated by 203 Squadron based at U-Tapao and will be used for a wide range of naval roles including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare. The aircraft will primarily operate from the Narasuan Class frigates, but are also capable of operating from all other Royal Thai Navy ships with aviation facilities.
The Super Lynx 300 is powered by two CTS800 engines produced by LHTEC, a Rolls-Royce and Honeywell joint venture, providing the aircraft with excellent performance even when operating in very hot climates. The engines also feature a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system, low maintenance, high reliability and excellent economy, thanks to its modern high technology design. The aircraft is fitted with a comprehensive navigation and communications package as well as a BAE Systems Seaspray surveillance radar, which provides a surface search capability in the anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare roles as well as for SAR and maritime patrol duties. The advanced radar is the aircraft's primary mission sensor and allows the crew to detect and track large and small surface contacts at long range, greatly increasing the effectiveness of its parent ship. The new generation "glass" cockpit has a fully integrated flight and mission display system that comprises four LCD Integrated Display Units (IDUs), two Electronic Power System Instrument (EPSI) displays and dual control and display units, reducing aircrew workload and increasing mission effectiveness.