Sept 29, 2017: The first of eight upgraded Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21B helicopters successfully completed its first flight at its Yeovil facility, in southwest England. The upgraded Lynx helicopters will give Brazil’s Naval Aviation a major enhancement in its capabilities, with better aircraft performance and mission effectiveness. The maiden flight marks a milestone in the long-standing partnership between Leonardo and the Brazilian Navy, which has been operating Lynx helicopters since 1978.
The Super Lynx Mk21B is powered by two new generation CTS800-4N engines, already used on the Super Lynx 300 and the AW159 helicopters, which offer the helicopters with major performance improvements, especially in hot environments, increasing payload and mission effectiveness. 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.