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 Airbus Helicopters H125M, formerly known as the AS550 C3e 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 H125M armed reconnaissance helicopter is powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 2D turboshaft engine which is makes the aircraft for operations in high-and-hot environments. Composite materials and low infrared reflective paint provide a reduced radar and infrared signatures thus enhancing its survivability. The single-engine, 2-ton H125M scout helicopter entered service in 2014 after the H125 (AS350 B3e Ecureuil) civilian aircraft.
Main Rotor Blades: 3
Number of Engines: 1
Tail Rotor Blades: 2 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: 8,000 meter (26,247 foot) Power Max Power at TakeOff: 952 shp Volume Fuel Tank Capacity: 540 liter (142 galon) Weight Max Takeoff Weight: 2,000 kilogram (4,409 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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