Leonardo has conducted the maiden flight of the first of eight upgraded Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21B helicopters at its Yeovil facility, in southwest England, on 28th Sept. 2017, the company said in a statement.
The upgraded Lynx helicopters will give Brazil’s Naval Aviation a significant improvement in its capabilities, with much increased aircraft performance and mission effectiveness.
The Super Lynx Mk21B is powered by two new generation CTS800-4N engines, already used on the British Army Lynx Mk9A, the Super Lynx 300 and the AW159 Wildcat helicopters, which provide the helicopters with major performance improvements, especially in hot environments, enabling increased payload and an extended area of operation.
A new glass cockpit will be complimented by an advanced avionic suite comprising a tactical processor, satellite based navigation system, civil navigation aids including a Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Automatic Identification System (AIS), radar warning receiver/electronic surveillance measures integrated with countermeasures dispensers and a full Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible cockpit, together with a new electrically powered rescue hoist.
In 1978, the Brazilian Navy became the first foreign operator of the Lynx Mk.21 helicopter, having taken delivery of its first of a batch of five that year.
During the 1990s, the fleet was more than doubled by the acquisition of a further batch of nine Lynx Super Lynx Mk21A aircraft. It also upgraded five of its original Lynx Mk21 aircraft to Mk21A standard under the same contract, becoming the first export customer to undertake the Lynx to Super Lynx upgrade.
The Brazilian Navy uses the Super Lynx Mk21A as a multi-role helicopter in variety role including: observation, surface attack, target monitoring, over-the-horizon targeting, vectored attacks on submarines, electronic warfare, special operations, troop transportation, mine hunting, search and rescue, aero medical evacuation, humanitarian tasks and photographic surveying.