Sea Platforms

Brazil considers helicopter carrier modernisation

19 March 2019

PHM Atlantico helicopter carrier is presently the flagship of the Brazilian Navy. Source: Brazilian Navy

The Brazilian Navy has started initial studies for the installation of new systems meant to improve its PHM Atlantico (A140) multipurpose helicopter carrier.

The potential modernisation would improve key capabilities of the navy's flagship vessel, including navigation and protection systems.

Among the components being considered for replacement, installation, or mondernisation are navigation and precision approach radar systems, a command-and-control system at the operational level for use by an embarked command force, and a new self-protection system to complement the existing four 30 mm DS30M Mk2 remote-controlled weapon stations. The navy is looking at an existing system - either gun- or missile-based - as a possible replacement.

There is no other publicly available information on budget, timeline, or other modernisation details.

The 203.43 m-long ship, displacing 21,578 tonnes, was purchased from the United Kingdom on 19 February 2018 for about GBP84 million (USD111 million in 2019 terms).

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