Military Capabilities

Brazilian Navy boosts its helicopter force

26 February 2018

The Brazilian Navy’s helicopter fleet, operated mainly from São Pedro da Aldeia naval aviation base in state of Rio de Janeiro, is receiving a significant upgrade.

Squadron HU-2 is to receive the first of five Helibras H225Ms anti-surface warfare helicopters (designated the UH-15B Super Cougar locally) armed with MBDA Exocet AM39 Block 2 Mod 2 missiles in April; although this could be delayed to coincide with the RIDEX exhibition to be held 27-29 June in Rio de Janeiro. The last AH-15B is to be delivered in August 2022.

Meanwhile, an initial two Leonardo Super Lynx (AH-11Bs locally) helicopters are bound for Squadron HA-1 by May and a third in August.

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