At Leonardo’s facility in Yeovil, England, the first upgraded MK21B Super Lynx for the Brazilian navy took its first flight, Leonardo said. This is the first of eight aircraft that are set to get performance and mission effectiveness improvements, according to the company.
The upgrade includes a new glass cockpit with an avionics suite. The suite comprises a tactical processor, satellite-based navigation system and civil navigation aids. This includes a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS), automatic identification system (AIS), radar warning receiver/electronic surveillance measures integrated with countermeasures dispensers and full night-vision goggle compatibility.
The first three Super Lynxs are to be delivered to Brazil's navy next year.