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AS555 SN Fennec  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: AS 555MN 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 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 555SN Fennec is the navalized version of the AS 555 helicopter family and suits maritime surveillance loaded with a nose-mounted a panoramic radar, law enforcement, anti-submarine warfare using torpedoes. The AS 555MN is an utility transport and law enforcement version optimized for maritime applications.

AS555 SN Fennec Specifications

Crew: 1
Main Rotor Blades: 3
Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 6
Tail Rotor Blades: 2
Dimensions
Height: 3.02 meter (9.91 foot)
Length: 10.9 meter (35.9 foot)
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
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Argentina4
YearHoldings
20134AS 555SN
20109AS 555SN
20084AS 555SN
20074AS 555SN
France?
AS 555MN

Grand Total 74
Propulsion Systems
Arrius 1Ax2
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