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Brazil prepares Seahawk helos for Atlantico

09 May 2018

The Brazilian Navy will take steps to enable its Sikorsky SH-16 Seahawk multirole helicopter (a local designation for S-70B) to operate from the PHeM Atlantico (A 140) amphibious assault ship (formerly HMS Ocean of the UK Royal Navy) that is scheduled to be commissioned on 29 June.

The Brazilian Navy fields six Seahawk helicopters, to be operated from the decks of the country's two amphibious assault vessels. (Victor Manuel Saraiva Barreira)The Brazilian Navy fields six Seahawk helicopters, to be operated from the decks of the country's two amphibious assault vessels. (Victor Manuel Saraiva Barreira)

The aircraft was previously cleared for operations from the NDM Bahia (G 40) landing platform dock (LPD) acquired from the French Navy in 2015, thus augmenting the service’s ability to perform long-range naval missions including search and rescue, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, maritime interdiction and patrol and surveillance.

Six aircraft are fielded by Squadron HS-1 ‘Guerreiro’ from São Pedro da Aldeia naval air base, with the type recently achieving 5,000 flight hours.

Six modular weapon mountings for FN Herstal MAG58M 7.62 mm machine gun were purchased to complement other armament such as Kongsberg Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 anti-ship missile and Raytheon Mk 46 Mod 5A torpedo.

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