Eurocopter AS565 Panther

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AS565 Panther
No. 488 an AS.565SA Panther of 36 F based at Hyères (3218013326).jpg
A French Navy Panther
Role Military utility and armed assault helicopter
National origin France
Manufacturer Aérospatiale
Airbus Helicopters
First flight 29 February 1984
Status Operational in production
Primary users Brazil
Produced 1984–present
Developed from Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin

The Eurocopter AS565 Panther is the military version of the Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin medium-weight multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter. The Panther is used for a wide range of military roles, including combat assault, fire support, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).


A Mexican marine fast ropes onto the flight deck of Frankfurt Am Main during a simulated multi-national maritime operation
The Panther helicopter of Cassard transferring a light load to Meuse
French Navy SA 365 F

SA 365 FK
Original designation of SA 365 K.
SA 365 K
The first version of the Panther, based on the AS365 N2. Offered with various armaments, including podded Giat M621 20 mm cannon, 2.75 in Forges de Zeebrugge (FZ) rockets (in pods of 19) or 68mm Thales Brandt rockets (in pods of 22).
AS565 UA
Utility version of the AS365 N2
AS565 UB
Utility version of the AS365 N3, currently in production. This version is powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 2C turboshafts, which are equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC). The main missions of this version are transport of 8 to 10 fully equipped troops, casualty evacuation and logistic support.
AS565 AA
Attack version of the AS365 N2.
AS565 AB
Attack version of the AS365 N3.
AS565 MA
Naval search & rescue version of the AS365 N2.
AS565 MB
Naval search & rescue version of the AS365 N3, currently in production. The main missions of this version are anti-surface vessel warfare (ASuW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), search and rescue (SAR), troop transport, logistic support, and casualty evacuation (CASEVAC)/medical evacuation (MEDEVAC). This version is fitted with a quick-securing 'Harpoon' deck securing device that allows it to land on and take off from ships, whatever the relative wind direction. Offered with various armaments, including cabin-mounted 20mm cannon, AS 15 TT anti-shipping missile, Mark 46 torpedo and Whitehead A.244/S torpedo.
The naval variant of the Eurocopter AS 565MB Panther is in service in the United Arab Emirates, the Icelandic Coast Guard, the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, the Israeli Defence Force, the Mexican Navy, the Chinese Navy, the Bulgarian Navy and the French Navy. Armed and unarmed versions of the army variant of the helicopter are in service with the Brazilian Army.[1]
AS565 SA
ASW version of the AS365 N2.
AS565 SB
ASW version of the AS365 N3.
AS565 CA
Anti-tank version of the AS365 N2, armed with HOT missiles.
AS565 N3
Maritime patrol and surveillance version of the AS365 N3 for the Hellenic Coast Guard
AS565 SC
Search and rescue version for Saudi Arabia.
HM-1 Pantera
HM-1 Pantera is version based on the AS565 AA and is built by Airbus Helicopters subsidiary Helibras for the Brazilian Army.[2]
Panther 800
Version offered for the US Army's Light Utility Helicopter program as a replacement for the UH-1 Huey, with 2 LHTEC T800 turboshafts. Test flown only.[3]
Harbin Z-9
The Harbin Z-9 and its variants are license-built by Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation for the Chinese People's Liberation Army.


Brazilian Army Panther
Israeli Air Force AS565 is secured down to the deck of the USS Laboon
 United Arab Emirates

Specifications (AS365 MB Panther)[edit]

Data from[citation needed]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2 pilots
  • Capacity: 10 troops
  • Length: 13.68 m (44 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 3.97 m (13 ft 0 in)
  • Empty weight: 2,380 kg (5,247 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 4,300 kg (9,480 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Turboméca Arriel 2C turboshaft, 635 kW (852 hp) each
  • Main rotor diameter: 11.94 m (39 ft 2 in)
  • Main rotor area: 111.98 m2 (1,205.3 sq ft)


  • Maximum speed: 306 km/h (190 mph; 165 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 5,865 m (19,242 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 8.9 m/s (1,750 ft/min)


  • Guns: Giat M621 20 mm (0.787 in) cannon pods.
  • Rockets: 68 mm (2.677 in) or 70 mm (2.756 in) unguided rockets.
  • Missiles:

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ AS 565MB Naval Variant service notes.
  2. ^ "Eurocopter AS 365 Dauphin and AS 565 Panther (International)" [subscription article]. Jane's Helicopter Markets and Systems. Jane's Information Group, 17 March 2011.
  3. ^ Vought Panther 800 LUH page
  4. ^ "Brazilian Army upgrades its AS565K Panther fleet". 2012 Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "France clears Bulgaria of obligations over last three AS565 Panthers". 2012 Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "First "Standard 2" Panther delivered to French Navy". Copyright 2009 – 2012 Helihub. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Indonesia orders 11 AS565 ASW helicopters". Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Aerospatiale- AS565 Panther". Copyright 2012 Demand Media, Inc. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Israeli Air Force Helicopter, Eurocopter HH-65 Dauphin Used by the Israeli Navy. Coming in to Land on a Missile Boat". 2003-2012 Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Mexican Navy goes south". Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Royal Moroccan Naval fleet". Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "UAE Aircraft Inventory". Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Aerospatiale- AS565 Panther". Copyright 2012 Demand Media, Inc. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 

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