20-Dec-2021 Source: Helibras
Helibras has just presented the 34th Fennec helicopter (AS550A2) modernized for Army Aviation (AvEx). The aircraft, a military version of the H125, is the last modernized unit delivered to the Brazilian Army.
The modernization process carried out by Helibras – the only manufacturer of turbine helicopters in Latin America – adds state-of-the-art equipment to the helicopter and repowers the aircraft for another life cycle, estimated at 20 years. The program had the participation of Army Aviation engineers and test pilots. Mechanics, Avionics and Logistics Managers in the sector were trained in the modernized aircraft, including “on the job training”.
“It is an enormous satisfaction for us at Helibras to see the conclusion of a modernization program as important as this one for Army Aviation. This achievement only proves the capacity that our company and our country have in delivering solutions for these aircraft. continue to play an important role in their various missions, and we hope that the partnership between the institutions will continue for a long time,” said Jean-Luc Alfonsi, President of Helibras.
The main modifications of the modernized Fennec are: Glass Cockipt system, new digital NAV-COM radios, new autopilot, GPS, digital backup system, pilot and copilot seats with energy absorption and height adjustment, new arms, etc.
In addition to this program, Army Aviation is modernizing its entire fleet of 34 Pantera model helicopters, scheduled for completion in 2024.