Helibras to modernize 36 Brazilian Army 36 AS350 Ecureuils

Brazilian Army AS350 Ecureuil / © Helibras

Brazilian Army AS350 Ecureuil / © Helibras

Posted By Frank Grealish

Helibras, a subsidiary of Eurocopter, has signed a contract for a major upgrade program on the Brazilian Army Aviation Command's (Comando de Aviacao do Exercito) fleet of 36 AS350 Ecureuils, this modernization includes the rebuilding of three of these aircraft.

The upgrade and rebuild work will begin during 2011, work is expected to be completed in 2018. The work is to be carried out at Helibrasí facilities in Itajuba, which are located in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

Eurocopterís single-engine, multipurpose AS350 entered service with the Brazilian Army Aviation Command more than two decades ago, and Helibrasí upgrade program will ensure the continued operation of these helicopters for at least 25 additional years.

Included in the modernization program is the installation of a glass cockpit with three large liquid crystal displays, the integration of an Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) with autopilot and the use of improved seats for pilots to provide better visibility and enhanced protection.

Much of this upgrade package developed by Helibras can be applied to AS350 Ecureuils flown by other operators in Brazil, representing an inventory of some 300 helicopters.

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Source: Eurocopter

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