Aircraft Data Sheet: Wasp HAS MK 1

Wasp HAS MK 1
First flight: 28th October 1962
Rotor diameter: 9.83m//32ft 3ins
Length: 12.29m//40ft 4ins
Max weight: 2,495kg/5,500lb
Max speed: 193kph/104knots
Power: One 1,050shp/783kW
Rolls-Royce Nimbus 103 turboshaft
Accommodation: Pilot plus four
No Built: 125

The Wasp was developed to meet the Royal Navy's requirement for a five seat general purpose, shipborne helicopter for operation from small ships such as frigates. The aircraft was based on the Scout airframe and was a direct result of earlier work carried out with the Saunders-Roe P-531. In addition to the aircraft produced for the Royal navy, Wasps served with the navies of the Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia.