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Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
EUR€2.3 million (USD$3.2 million)
Also Known As: AS 350B2 Ecureuil, AS 350B3 Ecureuil, AS 550A2 Fennec, AS 550C3 Fennec, AStar and Z-11
Corporations: Airbus Helicopters
Description: Eurocopter's Fennec/Ecureuil is a family of multi-role helicopters featuring design simplicity, reliability and high performance. These lightweight helicopters are intended for both commercial and military markets. Fennec designation applies to military helicopters and Ecureuil, which means Squirrel, applies to commercial helicopters. These platforms can be powered either by a single turboshaft engine or by two engines (AS 555 and AS 355 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.
The AS 350B2 Ecureuil commercial helicopter powered by a single engine Arriel 1D1 was introduced in the early 1990s. It assumed civilian-oriented tasks such as utility helicopter, fire fighting, police mission, or medical evacuation. 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. The new helicopter can conduct the same missions of its predecessor as well as training suing three crashworthy seats.
Arriel 2B engine was equipped with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Electronic Control) and is more powerful than Arriel 1D1 engine which allows to increase the takeoff weight. This model performs better than early generations in hot climate and mountainous terrain/high altitudes. AS 550 Fennec 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. In late November 2005 Eurocopter delivered the 3,000th single-engine Ecureuil/Fennec helicopter family to the South African Police which received an AS 350 B3 aircraft. Eurocopter stated that up to 432 AS 350 B3 helicopters were in service when the 3,000 single-engine helicopter mark was achieved.
AS350 Ecureuil Applications
Fennec/Ecureuil items 1994-2014 View full report
Chart includes AS350 Ecureuil (145), AS350 B3e Ecureuil (36), EC130 (33), EC130 T2 (18), AS355NP Ecureuil (17), AS355 Ecureuil (7)
AS350 Ecureuil Specifications
Main Rotor Blades: 3
Number of Engines: 1
Height: 3.24 meter (128 inch)
Length: 10.9 meter (430 inch)
Main Rotor Diameter: 10.7 meter (421 inch)
Width: 1.85 meter (73 inch)
Ceiling: 7,000 meter (22,966 foot)
Max Range: 467 kilometer (252 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 728 shp
Cruise Speed: 66 mps (238 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 80 mps (288 kph)
Flight Endurance: 3.30 hour (198 minute)
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,800 kilogram (6,173 pound)
Min Weight: 1,232 kilogram (2,716 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AS350 Ecureuil News
There are 31 news between
10 Jan 2006 and 6 Mar 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013Phoenix Heli-Flight expands fleet with new Singles and Twin Engine Eurocopter HelicoptersTuesday, October 16, 2012Ecuador's Ministry of Defense Reaffirms its Commitment to Eurocopter with the Delivery of the First Two AS550 C3A Fennec HelicoptersThursday, September 13, 2012EagleMed Purchases an Eurocopter AS350 B2 and an AS350 B3Thursday, January 26, 2012Eurocopter Delivers a Second AS350 B2 to the Quito Aerial Police ServiceThursday, December 22, 2011Ecuadorian Army Takes Delivery of First Two AS350 B2 HelicoptersTuesday, October 4, 2011Eurocopter Performs World's First Flight of Hybrid Helicopter Combining Internal Combustion Engine and Electric MotorTuesday, August 16, 2011Eurocopter Begins the Deliveries of 20 Ecureuil Helicopters Ordered by UTair AviationThursday, March 17, 2011Ontario Police Department Orders Third AS350 B2 HelicopterThursday, March 10, 2011Eurocopter Booked 68 New Orders at Heli-Expo 2011Friday, February 11, 2011Eurocopter Sells Five AS350 B3 Helicopters in India
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