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AS550 Fennec  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1990
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: AS 550A2 Fennec, AS 550C2 Fennec, AS 550C3 Fennec, AS 550M2 Fennec, AS 550S2 Fennec, AS 550U2 Fennec and Z-11W
Origin: France
Corporations: Airbus Helicopters
Parent System: AS 350
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): April 1978
Maiden Flight: 27 June 1974
Total Production: 4,271
Family Members: AS350 Ecureuil, AS355 Ecureuil, AS355 NP Ecureuil, AS555 Fennec, AS555 SN Fennec, EC130, H125, H125M and H130
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Description: The Fennec/Ecureuil is a family of multi-role helicopters featuring design simplicity, reliability and high performance. The aircraft was developed in the 1970s by Aerospatiale, thereafter Eurocopter and now Airbus Helicopters, as a replacement for the Allouette II. These lightweight helicopters are intended for both commercial and military markets. Fennec designation applies to military helicopters and Ecureuil, which means 'Squirrel' in English, applies to commercial helicopters. These platforms can be powered either by a single turboshaft engine or by two engines (AS 350/550 and AS 355/555 series). Composite materials have been used extensively in the aircraft design making it more durable and lighter. There are many variants of Fennec/Ecureuil helicopter family primarily due to the use of different power plants such as Arriel and Arrius family of engines. The characteristics of Fennec/Ecureuil helicopters also translate into low acquisition costs and low costs of maintenance and operation. Eurocopter has scored a big success through this helicopter family with more than 4,000 aircraft (2,400+ single engine models) sold around the globe so far. First flight was carried out in 1974 and the first delivery in April 1978.

The AS 550 Fennec is a military lightweight helicopter that can be armed with 20mm cannon, machine guns, unguided rocket launchers, air-to-air missiles and anti-tank missiles assuming fire support, air-to-air combat and anti-tank missions. The single-engine AS 550 helicopter family includes the AS 550U2 utility, AS 550A2 gun and rocket armed, AS 550C2 HeliTOW missile armed version, AS 550M2 unarmed maritime and the AS 550S2 anti-shipping version equipped with a surface surveillance radar. In 1997, Eurocopter introduced the AS 350B3 Ecureuil powered by a single Turbomeca Arriel 2B turboshaft engine along with its military counterpart AS 550C3 Fennec.

AS550 Fennec Applications


Fighting Ships Type 056 Type 056A

AS550 Fennec Specifications

Crew: 1
Main Rotor Blades: 3
Number of Engines: 1
Tail Rotor Blades: 2
Troops: 6
Dimensions
Height: 3.24 meter (10.6 foot)
Length: 10.9 meter (35.9 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Main Rotor Diameter: 10.7 meter (35.1 foot)
Width: 1.85 meter
Performance
Ceiling: 7,000 meter (22,966 foot)
Max Range: 467 kilometer (252 nautical mile)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 728 shp
Speed
Cruise Speed: 238 kph (129 KTAS)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 288 kph (156 KTAS)
Time
Flight Endurance: 3.30 hour
Weight
Empty Weight: 1,232 kilogram (2,716 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,800 kilogram (6,173 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AS550 Fennec News

There are 2 news between
15 Jun 2009 and 16 Oct 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012Ecuador's Ministry of Defense Reaffirms its Commitment to Eurocopter with the Delivery of the First Two AS550 C3A Fennec Helicopters
Monday, June 15, 2009Eurocopter and ATE Team up on Stand-alone Weapon System for Helicopters

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Brazil36
Brazilian Army operates 36 helicopters (AS 550A2 Fennec)
China20
YearHoldings
201420PLA Z-11W attack helicopter (20)
Denmark12
YearHoldings
20138AS 550C2
201212Fennec
201112militarized aircraft
200812militarized aircraft
200612militarized aircraft
Ecuador7
Aircraft ordered by the Ecuadorian Army in 2010 (7 AS550C3)
United Arab Emirates15
AS 550C3 Fennec (15)

Grand Total 937
Defensive Weapons
BGM-71D TOW 2x4
BGM-71E TOW 2Ax4
BGM-71F TOW 2Bx4
Propulsion Systems
Arriel 1D1x1
Arriel 2Bx1
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