The first of eight upgraded Brazilian Navy Super LYNX Mk21B helicopters at  Leonardo's Yeovil facility, in southwest  England, made its maiden flight on 28 September 2017. The upgraded LYNX helicopters will give Brazil’s Naval Aviation a significant improvement in  its capabilities, with  much increased aircraft performance and mission effectiveness, according to the company.

The Super LYNX Mk21B is powered  by two new generation CTS800-4N engines, already used on the Super  LYNX 300 and the AW159, which provide them 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.

The maiden  flight marks another milestone in the long standing partnership between Leonardo and the Brazilian Navy, which has been  operating LYNX helicopters since 1978.  


The Brazilian Navy has been operating variants of the LYNX helicopter for nearly 40 years having received nine LYNX Mk21 helicopters in 1978. In July 1996 the Brazilian Navy received the first of nine Super LYNX Mk21A aircraft. It also upgraded five of its original LYNX Mk21aircraft to Mk21A standard under the same contract, becoming the first export customer to undertake the LYNX to Super LYNX upgrade.

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