AS555 Fennec 2
|A Twin Squirrel of the French Air Force|
|Role||Light utility military helicopter|
|Primary users||French Army|
French Air Force
Royal Malaysian Navy
Royal Danish Air Force
|Developed from||Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil|
Eurocopter AS355 Écureuil 2
The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS550 Fennec (now H125M) and AS555 Fennec 2 are lightweight, multipurpose military helicopters manufactured by Eurocopter Group (now Airbus Helicopters). Based on the AS350 Ecureuil and AS355 Ecureuil 2 series, they are named after the fennec fox. The armed versions of the AS550 and AS555 can be fitted with coaxial weapons, rockets, torpedoes and various other munitions.
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In February 2007, India selected the AS550 C3 Fennec over the Bell 407 helicopter in a deal for 197 helicopters worth US$500 million. This deal was suspended in June 2007 because of concerns of alleged corruption in the bidding process, and cancelled outright on 6 December 2007. The contract is now being re-competed, and the AS550 C3 is among the helicopters competing for the deal. However India chose Kamov Ka-226T over AS550 C3 in the refreshed tender.
On 20 January 2011, Royal Malaysian Navy PASKAL commandos rescued a hijacked Malaysian chemical tanker and its crew from Somali pirates. A Fennec helicopter provided reconnaissance and aerial gunfire to keep the pirate's mother ship at bay while commandos boarded the tanker.
- Single engine
- AS350 L1/L2 Ecureuil – Original military variants of AS350.
- AS550 C2 Fennec – Armed version based on AS350 B2.
- AS550 U2 Fennec – Unarmed version based on AS350 B2.
- AS550 C3 Fennec – Armed version based on AS350 B3.
- Twin engine
- AS355 M/M2 Ecureuil 2 – Original military variants of AS355 F.
- AS555 AF Fennec 2 – Armed version based on AS355 N.
- AS555 AN Fennec 2 – Armed military version, can be fitted with a 20 mm cannon.
- AS555 AR Fennec 2 – Armed with cannon and rockets.
- AS555 MN Fennec 2 – Unarmed naval version.
- AS555 MR Fennec 2 – Naval version.
- AS555 SN Fennec 2 – Armed naval version.
- AS555 SR Fennec 2 – Armed naval version.
- AS555 UN Fennec 2 – Training and utility version.
- AS555 UR Fennec 2 – Utility version.
- AS555 SP Fennec 2 – Naval version of AS355 NP.
Specifications (AS550 C3)
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004
- Crew: 2
- Capacity: 4 passengers
- Length: 10.93 m (35 ft 10 in) (fuselage length), 12.94 m (42 ft 6 in) (overall length, rotors turning)
- Height: 3.34 m (10 ft 11 in)
- Empty weight: 1,220 kg (2,690 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 2,250 kg (4,960 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 540 L (143 US Gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Turbomeca Arriel 2B turboshaft, 632 kW (847 shp) (limited to 500 kW (671 shp for take-off)
- Main rotor diameter: 10.69 m (35 ft 1 in)
- Main rotor area: 89.75 m2 (966.1 sq ft)
- Maximum speed: 246 km/h (153 mph, 133 kn) (max cruise)
- Never exceed speed: 287 km/h (178 mph, 155 kn)
- Range: 648 km (403 mi, 350 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 5,280 m (17,320 ft)
- Rate of climb: 10.30 m/s (2,028 ft/min)
- 20 mm Giat M621 cannon
- Fabrique Nationale de Herstal twin 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun pods
- 7 x 70mm (2.75") Forges de Zeebrugge rocket launcher FZ220  or 12 x 68 mm Thales Brandt rockets
- BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles
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