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Army Lynx Mk9A Door Gunner with .50 Cal Heavy Machine Gun

An Army Air Corps Door Gunner onboard a Lynx Mk9A helicopter with 672 Squadron in Afghanistan, is pictured looking through the sights of a Heavy Machine Gun (HMG).


The Army Air Corps are now deploying the Mk 9A variant of the Lynx helicopter, which has a more powerful engine than the MK7 predecessor. The new engine allows the helicopter to fly faster, carry more weight and fly in hotter conditions (the Mk 7 was unable to fly in the day time during the Afghan summer). Because the Mk 9A can carry more weight it can carry more firepower in the form of a 50 cal Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) rather than the 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) that the Mk 7 carried, this makes the Mk9A more effective at engaging targets on the ground.


Photographer:Cpl Barry Lloyd RLC

From: www.defenceimages.mod.uk

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Taken on July 26, 2010