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LAAD 2017: Helibras outlines helo upgrade prospects

6th April 2017 - 14:00 GMT | by Helen Haxell in Rio de Janeiro

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Brazilian helicopter manufacturer Helibras, based in Itajubá, Brazil, is looking to grow further through additional Panther and Dauphin upgrades.

Currently, there are two ongoing contracts at the facility: the modernisation of the AS550 A2 and AS350 L1 aircraft for the Brazilian Army, as well as the upgrading of the legacy AS365 Panther K2 aircraft.

These aircraft are expected to be joined by the Argentinean Coast Guard, which has expressed an interest in upgrading some of their fleet to the AS565 MBe Panther.

Mesrob Karalekian, VP for Latin America at Airbus Helicopters, commented at LAAD 2017 that the modernisation

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Helen Haxell was Air Editor at Shephard Media, having joined in February 2016 as Editor …

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