Airbus Helicopters Fennec 1 & 2

The Eurocopter AS550 Fennec (now H125M) and AS555 Fennec 2 are lightweight, multi-purpose military helicopters manufactured by the Eurocopter Group (now Airbus Helicopters).

Based on the AS350 Ecureuil and AS355 Ecureuil 2 series, they are named after the fennec fox.

The armed versions of the AS550 and AS555 can be fitted with coaxial weapons, rockets, torpedoes and various other munitions.

As a result of the Vienna Treaty, military variants of the Écureuil were marketed under a separate designation, thus from 1990 onwards the type was marketed as the Fennec.

Specifications

Crew

2

Capacity

4 passengers

Length

10.93 m (35 ft 10 in) (fuselage length),

12.94 m (42 ft 6 in) (overall length, rotors turning)

Height

3.34 m (10 ft 11 in)

Empty weight

1,220 kg (2,690 lb)

Max take-off weight

2,250 kg (4,960 lb)

Fuel capacity

540 L (143 US Gal)

Powerplant

1 × Turbomeca Arriel 2B turboshaft, 632 kW (847 shp)

(limited to 500 kW (671 shp for take-off)

Main rotor diameter

10.69 m (35 ft 1 in)

Main rotor area

89.75 m2 (966.1 sq ft)

Performance

Maximum speed

246 km/h (153 mph, 133 kn) (max cruise)

Never exceed speed

287 km/h (178 mph, 155 kn)

Range

648 km (403 mi, 350 nmi)

Service ceiling

5,280 m (17,320 ft)

Rate of climb

10.30 m/s (2,028 ft/min)

Armament

Provision for

20 mm Giat M621 cannon

Fabrique Nationale de Herstal twin 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun pods

7 x 70mm (2.75″) Forges de Zeebrugge rocket launcher FZ220

Or

12 x 68 mm Thales Brandt rockets

BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles.

 

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