Programme Completion Slated for 2022
The fourth modernized SUPER LYNX Mk21B (designated AH-11B in Brazil) has been delivered to Brazilian Naval Aviation.
The upgraded aircraft features new Honeywell/Rolls-Royce LHTEC CTS800-4N engines, developing 1,326shp and increasing maximum takeoff weight from 5,126 to 5,330kg; installation of a full glass cockpit with three 30x32cm screens compatible with night vision goggles; chaff and flare launchers; the SAGE EW support measures system; a radar warning receiver; ILS; TCAS; and AIS. The hoist was replaced by a newer model with a 60m cable, faster and electrically powered.
All aircraft undergo structural reinforcement, mainly in the engine area to support the greater weight and stresses incurred under maximum load. The first aircraft to be delivered under the $160 million (€135 million) contract achieved its first flight in September 2017 and was delivered to the 1st Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter Squadron in February 2019, together with the second aircraft, which had meanwhile been operated by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The third example was delivered in May last year and the programme should be fully completed by 2022.
Santiago Rivas and Florencia Lucero Heguy in Buenos Aires for MON