As published by the Brazilian Navy, Brazilian Navy’ 1st Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter Squadron (EsqdHA-1) successfully completed its first landing aboard a ship with the converted and upgraded Mk21B (AH-11B in brazilian service) Wild Lynx helicopter last July 20th.
The operations included three controlled approaches under Visual Meteorological Conditions, one pick-up, one vertical replenishment or VERTREP and four controlled approaches under Instrument Meteorological Conditions.
The success of these first trials means EsqdHA-1 is now ready to send helicopter serial N-4004 to the “Lebanon XVI” deployment in the Mediterranean scheduled for August 4th.
The Brazilian Navy signed contract in 2014 to upgraded eight Wild Lynx by Leonardo at Yeovil, UK. The helicopters were originally Mk21's, acquired in 1978 and upgraded as Mk21A Super Lynx in 2003. The first flight of the Mk21B was in September 2017 and the entire fleet upgrade is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
The Wild Lynx Mk21B is powered by two new generation CTS800-4N engines, already used on the Super Lynx 300 and the AW159 helicopters, which provide 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 avionics suite comprising a tactical processor, satellite based navigation system and 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.