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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.
10.93 m (35 ft 10 in) (fuselage length),
12.94 m (42 ft 6 in) (overall length, rotors turning)
3.34 m (10 ft 11 in)
1,220 kg (2,690 lb)
Max take-off weight
2,250 kg (4,960 lb)
540 L (143 US Gal)
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)
246 km/h (153 mph, 133 kn) (max cruise)
Never exceed speed
287 km/h (178 mph, 155 kn)
648 km (403 mi, 350 nmi)
5,280 m (17,320 ft)
Rate of climb
10.30 m/s (2,028 ft/min)
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
12 x 68 mm Thales Brandt rockets
BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles.
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