Helicopter Atlas Oryx. Specifications. A photo.
Helicopter Atlas Oryx. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter Atlas Oryx. Specifications. A photo.


Atlas Oryx - South African multi-purpose military transport helicopter developed by aircraft manufacturer «Atlas Aircraft Corporation» in 1986 year.


Photo Atlas Oryx


Design Air models ship Atlas Oryx South African aviarazrabotchikami started the company «Atlas Aircraft Corporation», referred to today as «Denel Aviation» at the beginning of 80-ies of the last century. As a starting base was taken by the French model of multi-purpose aircraft Aerospatiale Puma, which has successfully established itself in the course of operation.

The exterior design of the helicopter Atlas Oryx compared with Aerospatiale Puma model was partially changed, however, in general features of similarity between two aircraft clearly traced.

The initiator of the development of the aircraft Atlas Oryx acted as military commanders of the armed forces of South Africa, which is intended to operate the aircraft for the transportation of goods and personnel, or the same as the helicopter fire support from the air, able to deal effectively with the soft-skinned technology and manpower of the enemy.


Atlas Oryx photo


The first flight tests of Atlas Oryx helicopter were produced aviarazrabotchikami of Corporation «Atlas Aircraft Corporation» in the year 1986 and 1987 years since, the aircraft was sent to mass production, which was up to 1991 years.

Because of their functional characteristics, the scope of Atlas Oryx helicopter is very limited, however, the aircraft is perfectly suited for the majority of the military, but not combat missions. In addition to transport troops, helicopter Atlas Oryx can also be used for search and rescue operations, in fact, provides all the required multi-purpose use.

One of the most negative qualities helicopter Atlas Oryx is its relatively low maneuverability, which is not allowed to use the aircraft as a combat unit.


Helicopter Atlas Oryx


In the cockpit of the aircraft Atlas Oryx can accommodate up to 23 people, including three crew members of the helicopter, and 20-equipped troops, while, in fact, the aircraft can carry and the greater load, however, due to limitations on the amount of free space, it is not possible.

Atlas Oryx helicopter can carry out transportation on its board until 4 tons of payload, which is very acceptable, with, freight can be carried out both within the aircraft and on the outer coupling.

The power plant of the Atlas Oryx aircraft consists of two Turbomeca Makila IA1 gas turbine aircraft engines, each of which can develop a thrust of 1900 hp, which in turn allows the helicopter to cover distances of 2000 kilometers (ferry distance) at a cruising speed of 280 km \ h.

The combat version, adopted Atlas Oryx helicopter includes two caliber machine gun 7,62 mm., Installed in the doorway of the aircraft, which accordingly also leads to an increase in the minimum manning to 5 people.


Specifications Atlas Oryx.


  • Crew: 3 people;
  • Capacity: 20 people (depending on layout);
  • helicopter length: 15,45 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 5,14 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 15,6 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 3600 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 8000 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 280 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 310 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 2000 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 7160 m .;
  • Powerplant: 2 × Turbomeca Makila IA1;
  • Power: 2 × 1900 hp


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