C4iSR: Maritime

First Portuguese Super Lynx to begin modernisation

10 May 2017

The first of five AgustaWestland Super Lynx Mk 95 helicopters operated by the Portuguese Navy will be delivered to Leonardo Helicopters' Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom in June to begin its comprehensive modernisation programme.

Work on all five units will be completed under a EUR69 million (USD75 million) modernisation package awarded to Leonardo Helicopters in July 2016. The upgrade includes the replacement of the original Rolls-Royce Gem 42 engines with more powerful LHTEC CTS800-4N turboshafts. Other improvements include a new 'glass' cockpit utilising three 10x8-inch multifunction displays, new navigation systems, and a new electrically powered rescue hoist.

The upgrade will also extend the fleet's service life, deal with airworthiness obsolescence, and allow it to meet new European flight standards due to come into effect in 2018.

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