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.
Under the terms of the contract the aircraft will be redelivered between 2019 and 2021.
The Navy Helicopters Squadron (Esquadrilha de Helicópteros da Marinha) has fielded the five units since 1993. The helicopters are used mainly to execute anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, maritime surveillance, search and rescue, and troop and utility transport missions from Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias-class frigates, as well as other surface ships when required.
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