LONDON – The U.K. Royal Navy is planning to have the AgustaWestland AW169 Wildcat maritime helicopter fully ready for operations by March 2017 when it retires its aging fleet of Westland Lynx Mk. 8s. The Lynx and the Wildcat are currently flown jointly from the navy’s main operating base at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset as part of the Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force (LWMF). In August, the LWMF, which now consists of three squadrons – 815 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), 702 NAS, and a ...

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