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The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC), a 50-50 partnership between Honeywell and Rolls-Royce, has been selected by the Brazilian Navy to upgrade the Mk21A Lynx maritime helicopters. The LHTEC CTS800 engine upgrade program will give Brazil’s naval aviation a significant improvement in its capabilities, better performance, operational range and aircraft mission effectiveness.
The CTS800 is certified by the U.S. Army for military use, the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency. The engine is also a competitor for several helicopter programs in Asia.
The proven CTS800-4N engine is used on the British Army Lynx Mk9A, the Super Lynx 300 and the AW159. The upgraded engine program will provide Brazil’s maritime fleet with major performance improvements in hot and high environments by increasing payload and extending the area of operation. These improvements are possible through various engine features such as CTS800’s class leading Specific Fuel Consumption and power to weight ratio.
During the development phase of the RAH-66 Comanche program, the LHTEC CTS800 family proved its class-leading performance and reliability and has since secured a number of production applications. The engine’s exceptionally low fuel burn in a small, lightweight, high-power package provides a variety of application options for operators.
Upgrade activities will begin in mid-2015 at AgustaWestland’s plant in Yeovil, England, with the first helicopter scheduled for delivery to the Brazilian Navy in late 2017. Fleet completion is planned by early 2019.