Air Platforms

Brazilian Navy to induct modernised and new helicopters

17 April 2018
An Airbus Helicopters H225M fitted with Exocet missiles performing a demo flight at the Helibras facility in Brazil on 25 October 2016. The first operational example will be delivered to the Brazilian Navy in June. Source: IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings

The Brazilian Navy will receive its first Airbus Helicopters H225M Super Cougar (designated UH-15B in national service) anti-surface warfare-capable (ASuW) helicopter in June, the company’s Helibras subsidiary told Jane’s .

Its commissioning was planned for April, but was postponed until the RIDEX 2018 exhibition that takes place 27–29 June in Rio de Janeiro. Another four UH-15Bs will be delivered until August 2022.

Each helicopter can be armed with two MBDA Exocet AM39 Block 2 Mod 2 anti-shipping missiles. It also incorporate FLIR Systems’ Star SAFIRE III EO/IR payload, Atech TDMS tactical mission system, Telephonics APS-143C(V)3 radar, and an integrated defensive aids suite of Saab.

The Brazilian H-XBR programme includes 16 naval H225Ms, of which seven UH-15 utility and three UH-15A combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopters were previously received by Squadron HU-2 ‘Pegasus’ of São Pedro da Aldeia Naval Air Base (BAeNSPA). An eighth UH-15 will be received in April 2020.

Squadron HA-1 ‘Lince’ of BAeNSPA will receive first two modernised Super Lynx AH-11B helicopters in May and a third in September. Eight AH-11As are being upgraded by Leonardo as part of a 30 June 2014 contract worth EUR117 million (USD145 million). The final AH-11B will be delivered in December 2020. Modernisation includes installing LHTEC CTS800-4N, digital ‘glass’ cockpit, a tactical processing system of General Dynamics UK, Leonardo’s SAGE ESM system and a defensive aid suite controller, Thales Vicon XF countermeasures dispensers, and new electrically-driven hoist and internal and external lighting.

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