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The Brazilian Navy and Leonardo completed the factory acceptance test for the fourth out of eight upgraded Super Lynx Mk21B helicopters at the end of last year in the UK.
The first two upgraded Super Lynx aircraft were delivered in Feb. 2019. These aircraft have now formally taken over flying duties from the existing Lynx Mk21A, with one operating from the home squadron in Sao Pedro da Aldeia and one has embarked in the Mediterranean on UN duties. The third aircraft was handed over to the navy in May 2020. The remaining four aircraft are being progressively delivered, with the program currently planned for completion by the end of 2022.
The upgraded Lynx helicopters give Brazil’s Naval Aviation a substantial improvement in its capabilities, with much increased aircraft performance and mission effectiveness. The maiden flight of the Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21B took place in Sep. 2017 at Leonardo’s Yeovil site.
There is a resident onsite Brazilian Navy team (the ‘GFRLynx Team’), who have been present in Yeovil since 2015. Consisting of a total of nine naval personnel from the HA-1 Lynx Squadron, it is headed by a naval captain, and supported by a mix of commissioned and non-commissioned officers.