Wildcat touchdown

IMPRESSIVE Wildcat touches down on the deck of HMS Iron Duke
IMPRESSIVE Wildcat touches down on the deck of HMS Iron Duke
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THE ROYAL Navy’s next-generation helicopter has landed in Portsmouth for three days of trials.

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 three years’ time the Wildcat will be the backbone of the Royal Navy’s frigate and destroyer operations around the globe – replacing the Lynx which has served the Fleet Air Arm since the mid-70s.

Pilot Lt Cdr Lee Evans is impressed with the Wildcat.

He said: ‘It’s stable and it’s got one third more power than a Lynx and that gives you much more confidence as a pilot.’