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AS565 Panther
 

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Units:

AS565SA Panther
Serials/markings: 355, 436, 452, 466, 486, 488, 503, 505, 506, 507, 511, 519, 522, 524 + ??

Flottille 36F
flottille 36f french navy aviation squadron
Base: Hyeres, Toulon
 
 
The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) 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).


During the 1980s, French aerospace firm Aerospatiale decided to develop a purpose-built military version of their popular Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin. The civil SA365 N variant of the Dauphin was used as the starting point for the project; the new rotorcraft was designed to perform utility, anti-tank, troop-transport, and maritime operations. On 28 February 1984, the military variant prototype, designated as the AS365M and later named Panther, conducted its first flight. A total of three prototypes were built.

In May 1986, Aerospatiale formally launched production of the AS365M, at which point the firm anticipated more than 400 Panthers to be sold in the long term. The initial production model, which was initially designated as the AS365 K, was shortly re-designated and became widely known as the AS565 Panther. Early models were powered by a pair of Turbomeca Arriel 1M1 turboshaft engines; in 1995, Eurocopter began offering higher powered versions of the Panther that used the new Turbomeca Arriel 2C engine instead.

In February 2016, Airbus Helicopters promised to relocate the global production line for the AS565 Panther to India if it is selected by the Indian Navy for a proposed utility helicopter acquisition. In April 2016, the production rate of the AS565 Panther was announced to have been substantially increased following a switch from a static production line to a takt flow line, as well as a 30 per cent due reduction in component lead times.


Specifications (AS365 MB Panther):
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: 2380 kg (5247 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 4300 kg (9480 lb)
Powerplant: 2 x 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 (1205.3 sq ft)
Maximum speed: 306 km/h (190 mph; 165 kn)
Service ceiling: 5865 m (19242 ft)
Rate of climb: 8.9 m/s (1750 ft/min)

Armament:
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:
Matra Mistral air-to-air missiles
AS.15 TT anti-surface missiles
HOT anti-tank missiles
Mk46 or Whitehead A.244/S anti-submarine warfare torpedoes


Aérospatiale (1970-92) > Eurocopter (1992-2014) > Airbus Helicopters (2014- )


source: wikipedia
 
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