Upgraded Brazilian Navy Super Lynx helo takes maiden flight


Sept. 29 (UPI) — The first of eight Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21B helicopters upgraded by Leonardo at a facility in Britain has successfully performed its maiden flight.

The milestone flight took place in Yeovile, southwest England, on Thursday, Leonardo said on Thursday.

The Mk21B is powered by two new generation CTS800-4N engines, which provide the helicopters with major performance improvements, especially in hot environments, and a new glass cockpit with advanced avionic suite. The suite includes a tactical processor, a satellite-based navigation system, and civil navigation aids such as a traffic collision avoidance system.

Other upgrades include a radar warning receiver and electronic surveillance measures that are integrated with counter-measures dispensers and a new powered rescue hoist.

Additional details of the upgrade and maiden flight were not disclosed.