Eurocopter FennecAS 550/AS 555 Fennec
The FennecType Light multipurpose helicopter ManufacturerAérospatiale
EurocopterIntroduced 1990 Retired ? Status Operative Primary users France
Denmark, United Kingdom, Australia Developed from Eurocopter Ecureuil
The Fennec is a single-engined, light-weight, multipurpose helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter. Based on the Eurocopter Ecureuil series, it is named after the Fennec, a small fox found in the Sahara Desert of North Africa which has distinctive oversized ears. The armed version can be fitted with coaxial weapons, and a small number of rockets.
- 1 Operational History
- 2 Variants
- 3 Operators
- 4 Specifications
- 5 References
- 6 External links
- 7 See also
In February 2007, India selected the Fennec over the Bell 407 helicopter in a deal for 197 helicopters worth 500 million USD. This deal was suspended in June 2007 because of concerns of corruption in the bidding process, and cancelled outright on 6 December 2007.
- Single engine;
- AS 550C2 Fennec
- AS 550U2 Fennec - Twin engine version.
- AS 555N Fennec
- AS 555AF Fennec
- AS 555AN Fennec - Armed military version, fitted with a 20-mm cannon.
- AS 555AR - Armed with cannon and rockets
- AS 555MN - Unarmed naval version.
- AS 555MR - Naval version.
- AS 555SN - Armed naval version.
- AS 555SR Fennec - Armed naval version.
- AS 555UN Fennec - Training and uility version.
- AS 555UR - Utility version.
OperatorsArgentine Navy Fennec
- Argentina (Argentine Navy: AS 555SN as embarked helo)
- Central African Republic
- Mexico (Mexican Navy : AS 555 as embarked helicopter)
- Saudi Arabia
- Singapore: Republic of Singapore Air Force
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
Type: Anti-Armor and Multipurpose Helicopter Crew: 2
Weight(Full): 2250kg (2500 kg with hanging cargo)
Length: 10,93 meters
Height: 3,08 meters
Rotordiameter: 10,69 meters
Engine: 1 stk. Turbomeca ARRIEL 1D turbineengine, 684 Hp
Top Speed: 287 km/h
Operation Radius: 420 km
Flight Time: ?
4 147mm armorpiercing TOW-missiles
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