Wessex HU Mk.5

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F-5C Pack
Wessex HU Mk.5
wessex_mk5.png
GarageImage Wessex HU Mk.5.jpg
Wessex HU Mk.5
AB RB SB
9.0 9.0 9.0
Research:360 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:980 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Wessex HU Mk.5 is a rank V British utility helicopter with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Alpha Strike".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m255 km/h
Max altitude5 400 m
Engine2 х Rolls-Royce Gnome H.1200
Take-off weight6 t

Describe how the helicopter behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at _,___ m)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock ___ ___ 5400
Upgraded ___ ___

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear420 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
AB9 822 → 13 289 Sl icon.png
RB2 928 → 3 961 Sl icon.png
SB4 948 → 6 694 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications276 000 Rp icon.png
425 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training280 000 Sl icon.png
Experts980 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces830 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 300 / 430 % Sl icon.png
208 / 208 / 208 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods cd 98 main rotor.png
Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
32 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
32 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
90 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
140 000 Sl icon.png
1 200 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
bmg303_belt_pack
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods atgm heli preset.png
AS.12
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
32 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
bmg303_new_gun
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png

Armaments

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

Offensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.7 mm)

The Wessex HU Mk.5 is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, winglet-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

Describe the helicopter's suspended armament: additional cannons under the winglets, any bombs, and rockets. Since any helicopter is essentially only a platform for suspended weaponry, this section is significant and deserves your special attention. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.

Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 4 x AS.11 missiles
  • 2 x AS.12 missiles
  • 28 x RP rockets

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

Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in the bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".

Pros:

Cons:

History

Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the helicopter in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the vehicle and adding a block "/History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Vehicle-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />. This section may also include the vehicle's dev blog entry (if applicable) and the in-game encyclopedia description (under === In-game description ===, also if applicable).

Devblog

Westland Helicopters began work on the Wessex in the late 1950s after the relative success of their previous American origin Dragonfly and Whirlwind licence built designs. Following the acquisition rights to produce the Sikorsky S58/H-34, a singular S58 was transferred to Britain as a development and template vehicle. By 1958, a domestically produced and redeveloped version powered by a Napier Gazelle turboshaft engine, rather than the piston engine of the Sikorsky design, designated the Wessex HAS.1 (Helicopter Anti-Submarine), would take to the skies for the first time. Entering service initially with the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force would later adopt the type too. In addition to this, the Royal Australian Navy and several other customers that Westland could sell too.

The HAS.3 would further enhance the systems on board the Wessex, followed by the HU.5 Commando variant. Primarily a troop transport and also utilised in the Search and Rescue role, the HU.5 employed a further improved power plant in the form of two Rolls-Royce Gnome engines. Serving all over the world from Cyprus, to the Indonesia–Malaysia conflict and the Falklands War, the Wessex was operated in utility, lift, transport and attack roles.

Retiring finally in the early 2000s, the Wessex was finally replaced in all major roles it maintained by the Westland Sea King which it had served alongside for many years.

Media

Videos

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

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

External links


Westland Aircraft Limited
Aircraft 
Fighters  Whirlwind Mk I · Whirlwind P.9
Turboprop  Wyvern S4
Helicopters
Attack  AH Mk.1 Apache**
Utility  Wessex HU Mk.5 · Scout AH.Mk.1 · Wasp HAS.Mk.1 · Lynx AH.Mk.1 · G-LYNX
  *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 · Rooivalk Mk1F CSH
Utility  Wessex HU Mk.5 · Scout AH.Mk.1 · Wasp HAS.Mk.1 · Lynx AH.Mk.1 · G-LYNX