The Lynx first flew in March 1971 and was developed under an English-French helicopter agreement. There are two main versions of the Lynx: a wheeled version primarily for naval use and an army version with skids or skis. Super Lynx is the only helicopter in its weight class designed specifically for operations from small ships in all weathers and high sea states. With over 120 aircraft in service, Battlefield Lynx is the British Army's frontline transport helicopter.
The four-blade main rotor is mounted on a hump on top of the cabin, with two turboshaft engines mounted on top of the rear of the cabin. The fuselage features an oval, stepped-up and glassed-in cockpit with a box-like cargo compartment. Landing skids are used on on army versions, while naval versions have wheels. The high-mounted, tapered tail boom includes a swept-back fin which is tapered, along with a siingle flat on right side near top of tail fin and a tail rotor on left side.