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AS350 Ecureuil  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: 2,992
Unitary Cost: 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
Origin: France
Corporations: Airbus Helicopters
Parent System: Fennec/Ecureuil
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1974
Total Production: 4,133
Family Members: AS350 B3e Ecureuil, AS355 Ecureuil, AS355NP Ecureuil, EC130 and EC130 T2
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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


Corvettes & Missile Boats Type 056

Fennec/Ecureuil Orders

AS350 Ecureuil

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)
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AS350 Ecureuil Specifications

Crew: 1
Main Rotor Blades: 3
Number of Engines: 1
Passengers: 6
Dimensions
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)
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: 66 mps (238 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 80 mps (288 kph)
Time
Flight Endurance: 3.30 hour (198 minute)
Weight
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

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013Phoenix Heli-Flight expands fleet with new Singles and Twin Engine Eurocopter Helicopters
Tuesday, October 16, 2012Ecuador's Ministry of Defense Reaffirms its Commitment to Eurocopter with the Delivery of the First Two AS550 C3A Fennec Helicopters
Thursday, September 13, 2012EagleMed Purchases an Eurocopter AS350 B2 and an AS350 B3
Thursday, January 26, 2012Eurocopter Delivers a Second AS350 B2 to the Quito Aerial Police Service
Thursday, December 22, 2011Ecuadorian Army Takes Delivery of First Two AS350 B2 Helicopters
Tuesday, October 4, 2011Eurocopter Performs World's First Flight of Hybrid Helicopter Combining Internal Combustion Engine and Electric Motor
Tuesday, August 16, 2011Eurocopter Begins the Deliveries of 20 Ecureuil Helicopters Ordered by UTair Aviation
Thursday, March 17, 2011Ontario Police Department Orders Third AS350 B2 Helicopter
Thursday, March 10, 2011Eurocopter Booked 68 New Orders at Heli-Expo 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011Eurocopter Sells Five AS350 B3 Helicopters in India

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Andorra5
Aircraft ordered by Helitrans (5)
Argentina2
Aircraft ordered by Provincia de C�rdoba (1); Provincia de la Rioja (1)
Botswana3
Aircraft ordered by Botswana Police Service (2 AS350B3)
Brazil15
Brazilian Army operates 36 helicopters
Canada7
Aircraft ordered by Capitale Helipro (3 AS350B2 and 1 AS350B3); Ontario (CA) Police Department (1 AS 350B2); Phoenix Heli-Flight (2)
China5
Aircraft ordered by Allyway 5 AS350B3s;
YearHoldings
201440PLA Z-11 (20) and Z-11W attack helicopter (20)
Denmark?
YearHoldings
20138AS 550C2
201212Fennec
201112militarized aircraft
200812militarized aircraft
200612militarized aircraft
Ecuador11
Aircraft ordered by the Ecuadorian Army in 2010 (2 AS350B2 and 7 AS550C3); Quito Aerial Police Service (2)
YearHoldings
Dec 20112AS350B2 Ecuadorian Army
France3
Aircraft ordered by RTE (3)
India8
Aircraft ordered by Pawan Hans (3); SS Aviation (1); Summit Aviation (1); Global Vectra (3)
Iraq7
Aircraft ordered by Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture (7 AS350 B3 helicopters)
Norway5
Aircraft ordered by Helicopter Transportation Group (5)
Russia6
Aircraft ordered by UTAir (6 AS350 B3)
Spain2
Aircraft ordered by INAER Group (2)
United States of America150
Aircraft ordered by Air Methods (34); Department of Homeland Security (up to 98); Suffolk County Police Department (3); TEMSCO Helicopters (1); Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (12 AS350 B2s); EagleMed (2)
Vietnam2
Aircraft ordered by Vinacopter (2 AS350B3)

Grand Total 25327
Helicopter Turboshaft Engines
Arriel 1D1x1
Arriel 2Bx1
LTS101x1

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