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Portuguese Super Lynx Mk 95A helicopter performs first flight

20 February 2020
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The Portuguese Navy’s first modified Super Lynx Mk 95A shipborne helicopter has made its first test flight, the service announced on 18 February.

The first test flight of a modernised Portuguese Super Lynx Mk 95A helicopter took place on 14 February. (Portuguese Navy)The first test flight of a modernised Portuguese Super Lynx Mk 95A helicopter took place on 14 February. (Portuguese Navy)

Work to modernise and extend the lives of the navy’s fleet of five Super Lynx Mk 95 helicopters is being carried out by Leonardo Helicopters at its facility in Yeovil, United Kingdom, under a contract awarded in July 2016 worth an estimated EUR69 million (USD76.4 million).

The first modernised helicopter, which completed its initial test flight on 14 February, will be delivered to Portugal in early May, with the fifth expected to be handed over in late 2021, the navy told Jane’s .

The modernisation package includes the replacement of the original Rolls-Royce Gem 42 engines with more powerful LHTEC CTS800-4N turboshafts.

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