Brazil’s army in late 2015 received the first Airbus Helicopters AS565 to have been upgraded entirely in-country to the enhanced K2 standard.

Work on the rotorcraft was performed at the Itajuba site of Helibras, the local subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters.

First flight of the modernised Pantera took place in October. Upgrades include the installation of uprated Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 engines, a new glass cockpit featuring a four-axis autopilot, modified engine fairings and an enhanced tail rotor.

AS365 K2 Pantera

Guilherme Wiltgen/Helibras

The next four airframes to be modernised have now been inducted into the Itajuba facility, says Helibras.

Two previous examples, delivered in early 2014, had received elements of the upgrade work outside Brazil. These were used for operational evaluation of the enhancement package, prior to a contract signing in October that year covering the army’s remaining 32-strong AS565 inventory.

Source: Flight Daily News