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Hellcat
Arma3-render-hellcat
Faction AAF
Type Utility Helicopter
Seats 8 seats:
  • 1x Pilot
  • 1x Co-Pilot
  • 6x Passengers
Item capacity Unknown
Top speed ~ 293 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 3,000 m
Fuel capacity 742 L
Primary armament Armed only:
  • 2x M134 Minigun 7.62mm
  • 2x DAR Rocket Pods [Default]
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 168x Countermeasures (Chaff/Flare)
Variants Armed, Unarmed
Games
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The WY-55 Hellcat is the AAF's primary multi-purpose utility helicopter.

OverviewEdit

  • Roles:
    • Observation
    • Utility helicopter
    • Troop transport
    • Light gunship
« The WY-55 Hellcat is a multipurpose military helicopter, most suited for anti-surface, battlefield utility with limited transport capability. It replaces its predecessor, the Super Lynx, with improved maneuverability, durability, and protection. The armed version is fitted with twin miniguns and unguided rockets. Its also fitted with a thermal camera that can be controlled by the co-pilot.
Field Manual
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Design Edit

Arma3-Hellcat-Loadout

WY-55 pylon configuration

The Hellcat is a four-bladed, twin-engined rotary-wing helicopter that is capable of serving in many roles, from providing air-to-ground fire support as a light gunship, ferrying troops and cargo into battle as a utility transport, and even as an anti-tank/ship helicopter when outfitted with guided missiles.

It has two variants; an unarmed version that has no weapons (and therefore lacks stub wings), and an armed version that has two stub wings located on either side of the passenger compartment. Each of these wings have a single pylon on them that support dynamic loadouts.

By default, the armed version has twin M134 miniguns and DAR rocket pods mounted on its stub wings. The miniguns are fed from a linked belt stored in a crate that has 5,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, while the DAR pods are loaded with 24 unguided rockets (combined).

Both pylons (1-2) can have their default loadouts changed at the pilot's discretion, and support being fitted with any of the following types of munitions and weapons:

  • ASRAAM (1×)
  • Scalpel (1×)
  • Scalpel (3×)
  • Scalpel (4×)
  • Shrieker HE (7×)
  • Shrieker AP (7×)
  • DAGR (12×)
  • DAR (12×)
  • Twin Cannon 20mm

Manoeuvrability-wise, the Hellcat lacks the agility of the MH-9, while transportation-wise it cannot load as many passengers as the PO-30 due to having a much more smaller cabin space. Its rotors are also louder in-flight compared to the PO-30, and can be heard flying in from a greater distance.

The Hellcat does however, have the most powerful engines of the three that enable it to achieve and maintain the highest flight speed. Increased engine power and having the largest airframe also allows it to carry a much more diverse array of heavier munitions as well. And unlike its armed NATO counterpart, the Hellcat does not need to sacrifice any passenger seating for armament as both armed and unarmed variants retain the same amount of space.

One other unique aspect of the Hellcat is that it has a FLIR pod fitted to the nose of the helicopter. The pod enables the co-pilot to observe nearby surroundings, and can track ground targets via infrared as needed.

Regardless of the variant, the Hellcat always has a seating capacity of eight personnel. This includes both of the crew members which consist of the pilot and co-pilot.

Variants Edit

  • WY-55 Hellcat: Baseline variant. Armed with twin miniguns and rocket pods mounted on stub wings fixed to both sides of the fuselage. It can transport up to six passengers (not including the crew).
  • WY-55 Hellcat (Unarmed): Unarmed variant. The two stub wings are removed on this version, but is otherwise completely identical function-wise to the baseline variant.

Camouflage Edit

Both variants have access to the same camouflage options:

  • Green: Pattern-less olive paint scheme.
  • Digital Green: Digitised three-tone green/olive semi-fractal camouflage pattern.

Sensors Edit

Designed exclusively for transporting troops, the Hellcat has only one type of sensor available:

Active Radar Edit

The Hellcat does not use an active radar as it does not have any weapon systems that would require one.

Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor Edit

The Hellcat does not have the ability to detect targets visually or through IRST.

Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar Edit

The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a target recognition range of 12 km.

Laser Spot Tracker Edit

The Hellcat does not have the ability to lock onto laser marks or infrared strobes.

Slingloading Edit

The Hellcat is able to slingload and transport a variety of vehicles and equipment, including:

  • Offroads (all variants)
  • Quad bikes
  • Boats (including assault boats and rescue boats, but not speedboat miniguns)
  • Supply boxes
  • Items in cargo nets (including the Cargo Net (NATO), Cargo Net (Box), and Cargo Net (Barrels))
  • Civilian cars (but not trucks)

The Hellcat's lifting capabilities are comparable to NATO's Ghost Hawk and CSAT's PO-30. In comparison to the AAF's own medium-lift Mohawk helicopter, the Hellcat is only unable to transport SDVs and light civilian trucks.

TriviaEdit

  • As stated in its Field Manual entry, the Hellcat is an upgraded model of the AgustaWestland "AW159 Wildcat" currently operated by both the British Army and Royal Navy.
  • The Hellcat was not initially available on ArmA 3's release. It would not be included into the game until Game Update 1.08 was released where it was added as part of the AAF Reinforcements Pack.

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