Helibras is to upgrade 34 AS365K Panther helicopters belonging to the Brazilian Army.
January 7: Helibras, Eurocopter’s Brazilian subsidiary, is to upgrade 34 AS365K Panther helicopters belonging to the Brazilian Army Aviation.
A contract was signed on December 24 and will extend the life of the current fleet by at least 25 years, according to a press release by the company.
It is the largest service contract signed by the Brazilian subsidiary in more than 30 years and will consist of the installation of new Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 CG engines with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control), providing an increase of 15% in power; a new digital radio communication systems (Proline 21) and a full ‘Glass’ cockpit. Four aircraft will be upgraded each year through to 2021.
Brazil’s Panther fleet was purchased in 1988 and equips the 1st Army Aviation Squadron (1º BAvEx) at Taubaté near Sao Paulo.