The Brazilian Navy is to update eight AgustaWestland Lynx Mk21A helicopters in a deal worth $160 million, the company announced Wednesday. (AgustaWestland)
LONDON — The Brazilian Navy is to update eight AgustaWestland Lynx Mk21A helicopters in a deal worth $160 million, the company announced Wednesday.
The upgrade includes installation of a new higher powered engine, an avionics suite comprising a tactical processor, satellite-based navigation, instrument landing system, radar warning receiver/electronic surveillance measures and other improvements. The deal also includes a flight training device.
AgustaWestland said in a statement that the upgrade will get underway at itís Yeovil, England, plant in the middle of next year with the first machine scheduled to be returned to the Brazilians in the second half of 2017.
The upgrade will see the helicopters Rolls-Royce Gem engines replaced with the LHTECís CTS800-4N, giving the machine increased payload and greater range.
The engine has already been fitted to British Army Lynx Mk9As to improve hot and high performance in Afghanistan, and is also being used to power the new AW159 Wildcat helicopter, which is now being delivered to the Army and Royal Navy.