Helibras will upgrade 34 Panthers for the Brazilian Army
Helibras has signed a contract to upgrade 34 AS365K Panther helicopters of the Brazilian Army Aviation. This is the largest service contract signed by the Brazilian subsidiary of Eurocopter.
The objective is to extend the life of the current fleet by at least 25 years thank to modernisation (32 aircrafts) and reconstruction (2 aircrafts).
The upgrade consists of new Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 CG engine managed by a FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) with up to 15% increased continuous power and various contingency ratings.
The cockpit will be enriched with new digital radio communication systems (Proline 21) and full Glass cockpit (various enlarged last state-of-art displays for Primary Flight, Navigation, Tactical and miscellaneous information).
Four aircraft will be upgraded per year. Deliveries are expected to take place between 2011 and 2021. The Panther fleet was purchased in 1988 by the Brazilian government when the Brazilian Army Aviation created the 1st Army Aviation Squadron (1º BAvEx) at Taubaté (Sao Paulo). They are now operated by the army as troop transport and light support platforms.