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AS555 Fennec  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1990
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: AS 555AN Fennec, AS 555CN Fennec and AS 555UN Fennec
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, AS550 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 twin-engine AS 555 Fennec is a military multi-purpose helicopter derived from the AS 355 commercial helicopter. The AS 555AN Fennec is an armed version capable of providing fire support to ground forces in addition to the utility helicopter role. It can be armed with 20mm cannon or 68mm rockets. The AS 555CN Fennec is armed with HeliTOW missiles and the AS 555UN is an utility version.

AS555 Fennec Specifications

Crew: 1
Main Rotor Blades: 3
Number of Engines: 2
Tail Rotor Blades: 2
Troops: 6
Dimensions
Height: 3.02 meter (9.91 foot)
Length: 10.9 meter (35.9 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Main Rotor Diameter: 10.7 meter
Width: 1.85 meter
Performance
Ceiling: 6,096 meter (20,000 foot)
Max Range: 428 kilometer (231 nautical mile)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 794 shp (592 kW)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 245 kph (152 mph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 279 kph (151 KTAS)
Time
Flight Endurance: 2.90 hour (0.12 day)
Weight
Empty Weight: 1,437 kilogram (3,168 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,600 kilogram (5,732 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AS555 Fennec News

There is 1 news
on 6 Nov 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014Indonesian Army Takes Delivery of its First Fennec Helicopters

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Indonesia6
Aircraft ordered by Indonesian Army (6)

Grand Total 93
Defensive Weapons
BGM-71D TOW 2x4
BGM-71E TOW 2Ax4
BGM-71F TOW 2Bx4
Propulsion Systems
Arrius 1Ax2
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