Wasp HAS.Mk.1

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This page is about the British helicopter Wasp HAS.Mk.1. For other version, see Scout AH.Mk.1.
Wasp HAS.Mk.1
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Wasp HAS.Mk.1
AB RB SB
8.7 8.3 8.7
Research:170 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:550 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Wasp HAS.Mk.1 is a rank V British utility helicopter with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/SB) and 8.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m200 km/h
Max altitude5 400 m
EngineBristol Siddeley Nimbus Mk.103
Power710 hp
Take-off weight2 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock 180 169 5400
Upgraded 219 200

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural330 km/h
Gear320 km/h

Examine the survivability of the helicopter. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 550 → 2 078 Sl icon.png
RB4 800 → 6 436 Sl icon.png
SB5 500 → 7 375 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications288 000 Rp icon.png
855 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training160 000 Sl icon.png
Experts550 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces830 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
160 / 210 / 300 % Sl icon.png
208 / 208 / 208 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
29 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
86 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
71 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods cd 98 main rotor.png
Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
71 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Research:
29 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
86 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Research:
65 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
190 000 Sl icon.png
580 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
71 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
93 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
280 000 Sl icon.png
830 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Suspended armament

Number of setups1
List of setups
Setup 14 x AGM-22 missiles
Main article: AGM-22

The Wasp HAS.Mk.1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 4 x AGM-22 missiles

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in a helicopter, the features of using the helicopter in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Carries air-to-surface missiles that are effective against tanks
  • Tiny profile

Cons:

  • No guns
  • No choice in armament options
  • Fragile

History

The Westland Wasp was a British marine helicopter manufactured by Westland aircraft. Initially designed as a torpedo-carrying light patrol and scout helicopter, the Wasp was later modified to be able to carry the SS.11 (AGM-22) wire-guided missile. It gained the distinction of sinking a ship in combat, the ARA Santa Fe, which was sunk using AGM-22s and torpedoes during the Falklands War. The Wasp has been used by the militaries of several nations, but has now been retired and replaced with more modern helicopters.[1]

Design and Development

The Westland Wasp originated from a requirement for a new shipborne helicopter that was both small but could also carry two homing torpedoes - this was known as the MATCH (Manned Torpedo-Carrying Helicopter) program.[1] The Wasp was designed to operate in conjunction with its mothership, dropping its load of torpedoes on enemy submarines as directed by the mothership's sonar.[1]

The Westland design firm decided to design a new helicopter based on their successful Westland Scout design.[1] The original skid-type landing gear was replaced with a quad-set of wheels, while the rotors and fuselage were designed to be fully foldable to make the helicopter as compact as possible.[1] As well, the Wasp wasn't fitted with mounted machine guns, as they were deemed unnecessary for the anti-submarine warfare role. The first pre-production Westland Wasp flew on October 28th 1962.[1]

Operational History

A Brazilian Wasp hovers off USS Mahan, 1977.

Following the end of testing, the Royal Navy ordered a total of 133 Westland Wasps. These aircraft served on a variety of RN ships, where they distinguished themselves as reliable search, rescue and anti submarine warfare helicopters.[1] Later on, the Wasp was given the ability to carry four AGM-22 missiles, which were license-produced variants of the SS.11 anti-tank missile developed by Nord Aviation.

The Westland Wasp had its largest success in 1982, when it engaged the Argentinian submarine ARA Santa Fe.[1] After a Westland Wessex helicopter managed to spot the submarine, three Royal Navy Wasps managed to fire several AS.12 (an anti-ship variant of the SS.11) missiles at the submarine, scoring hits. The damage suffered was enough to prompt the Argentinian crew to abandon the submarine, which was claimed by British forces and scuttled. The Wasp enjoyed a long service life, being retired in 1988 after the last Type 12 Rothesay-class frigates were decommissioned.[1] It was also exported to several other nations, and was used by the Royal Malaysian Navy until 2000. A total of 133 Wasps were built.[1]

Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the helicopter;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Navy Wings. (2019)

Works Cited

  • Navy Wings. (2019, October 14). Westland Wasp (G-KAXT). Retrieved November 20, 2020, from https://navywings.org.uk/portfolio/westland-wasp-2/


Westland Aircraft Limited
Aircraft 
Fighters  Whirlwind Mk I · Whirlwind P.9
Turboprop  Wyvern S4
Helicopters
Attack  AH Mk.1 Apache**
Utility  Scout AH.Mk.1 · Lynx AH.Mk.1 · G-LYNX · Wasp HAS.Mk.1
  *After World War II, Westland Aircraft focused on building helicopters and changed its name to Westland Helicopters.
  **Licensed AH-64D
See Also  Boeing Aircraft

Britain helicopters
Attack  AH Mk.1 Apache
Utility  Scout AH.Mk.1 · Wasp HAS.Mk.1 · Lynx AH.Mk.1 · G-LYNX