The first modernised AH-11B Super Lynx multirole helicopter for the Brazilian Navy made its maiden flight from Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom on 28 September.
Leonardo is upgrading eight AH-11As to AH-11B standard under a EUR117 million (USD138 million) contract awarded to Leonardo Helicopters in June 2014. The aircraft are fielded by the Brazilian Navy’s HA-1 Lince Squadron, based at São Pedro da Aldeia naval airbase.
Deliveries were originally scheduled to begin in November 2017, but have since been pushed back to early 2018 and will run until February 2019, sources told Jane’s .
The upgrade package includes replacing the Rolls-Royce Gem 42-1 Mk 1017 engines with the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company CTS800-4N, a new night vision goggle-compatible digital glass cockpit, a new navigation and traffic collision avoidance system, an instrument landing system, electronic warfare support measures, an automatic identification system, countermeasures dispensers, and an electrically powered rescue hoist.
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