Brazilian Navy Received First H225M in CSAR Configuration
Helibras delivered the first of three H225M/EC725, named UH-15A Super Cougar, in Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) configuration to the HU-2 Squadron of the Brazilian Navy
Brazilian Navy, June 22, 2017 - On June 14, at the Helibras facilities in Itajubá (MG), the Brazilian Navy received its first C-SAR (Combat Search and Rescue) aircraft of the Super Cougar family, N-7201.
Under the H-XBR program, which provides for the delivery of 16 units of the H-225M helicopter to the Brazilian Navy, the N-7201 is the first of the three aircraft in the C-SAR version to be delivered.
The C-SAR is one of today's most critical operations and aims to rescue crews in hostile territory during a conflict. To accomplish this, the aircraft brings a set of sensors and self-protection system capable of facing the most modern threats. The integrated suite of auxiliary defense equipment is responsible for the self-protection of the aircraft and is intended to increase its survival capacity in conflict scenarios.
It is comprised by a radar warning receiver (RWR), laser warning subsystem (LWS) and missile warning subsystem (MWS).
Complementing the Electronic Warfare System (EWS), the aircraft also have the Jet Dilution Device (JDD) installed in the exhaust of the engine gases in order to reduce the thermal signature and also with the Chaff / Flare countermeasure dispenser.
In addition to having its glass cockpit ready for night vision goggles (NVG), the C-SAR version also features a FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red), PLS (Personnel Locator System) equipment and a Spectrolab searchlight.
The FLIR is capable of producing a high-quality 360° coverage, long-distance, all weather optical videos. Key features include the laser ranger finder, to accurately provide distance to the target, and the geo point package, with inertial measurement unit, to reduce workload showing latitude and longitude.
PLS is a localization system used in C-SAR missions that indicates the marking / distance of a survivor, by means of a code or a known frequency. It can also be used for the rendezvous with special operations teams.
The spectrolab search light will amplify the search and rescue capability of the Brazilian Navy, being a powerful variable beam headlamp (4° to 20°), which can be controlled horizontally or vertically and also allows the application of an infrared filter.
The receipt of another UH-15 in the C-SAR version enables the Brazilian Navy to rescue crews and special troops fulfilling the doctrinal aspects of this type of mission.
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