Brazilian naval helicopter upgrade reaches halfway mark
The Super Lynx Mk21B upgrade programme for the Brazilian Naval Air Forces Command is halfway to completion, after Leonardo Helicopters delivered the fourth (pictured) out of eight helicopters for in-country assembly on 26 January.
Following the assembly phase and final acceptance flights of the eight helicopters, the Brazilian Navy announced on 2 February, they will be operated by the 1st Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter Squadron and deployed on the future Tamandaré-class corvettes.
The Mk21B, designated AH-11B in Brazilian Navy service, is powered by CTS 800-4N engines. Each helicopter also features an enhanced instrument panel in an NVG-compatible, fully glass cockpit; upgraded tactical and navigation systems; and new ESM equipment.
Leonardo received a $160 million contract in July 2014 to upgrade eight Brazilian Navy Lynx Mk21A helicopters. Deliveries of upgraded aircraft were expected to be completed by early 2019, according to Shephard Defence Insight.
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