Helicopter Bell CH-146 Griffon. Specifications. A photo.
Helicopter Bell CH-146 Griffon. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter Bell CH-146 Griffon. Specifications. A photo.


Bell CH-146 Griffon - Canadian-American military helicopter project, developed in 1992, the aircraft manufacturer «Bell Helicopter».


Bell CH-146 Griffon photo


The helicopter model Bell CH-146 Griffon were developed jointly by the US and Canadian engineers at the end of 80-ies of the last century. As a support base, aircraft manufacturers of the company «Bell Helicopter» used the model helicopter Bell 412EP, which is quite clearly be seen in a similar design, but in terms of flight-technical indicators, the two aircraft are radically different from each other.

The aircraft Bell CH-146 Griffon is a military multipurpose helicopter, used mainly to provide fire cover from the air, the transfer of small groups of soldiers, as well as for special operations. Thanks to a number of technical improvements, this aircraft has become much more maneuverable and efficient, however, despite this fact, the production of the model has become very limited - for a very long period of production, which lasted from 1992 to 1997 year, the American aircraft designers created only 100 aircraft Apparatus.

Their first test model helicopter Bell CH-146 Griffon held in 1992 year, and due to the fact that there is no deviation from the intended parameters of the future developers of the aircraft has not been revealed, it was decided to start the project into production.


Photo Bell CH-146 Griffon


On board his aircraft model Bell CH-146 Griffon can carry up to 13 people, including three members of the crew (two pilots and one flight engineer) and 10 soldiers. If the helicopter to be used as a medical military aircraft or in the evacuation means as only 6 person can stay in the cockpit. Due to the presence of a sufficiently large free space, helicopter Bell CH-146 Griffon may transport on its board until 2150 kilogram payload.

The helicopter model Bell CH-146 Griffon is a good means of fire cover and suppression of enemy fire. In service of this aircraft can be used:

  • 20-mm. aircraft gun to fight unarmored and lightly armored enemy vehicles;
  • Hand guns caliber 7,62 mm. installed in the helicopter doors;
  • Automatic machine gun caliber 7,62 mm.


Helicopter Bell CH-146 Griffon


The power plant of the Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopter includes two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3D gas turbine engines, each of which has a capacity of 900 hp, which provides the aircraft not only with high payload, but also with a fairly high travel speed , up to 260 km / h, while the maximum flight range of this aircraft is limited to a distance of 660 kilometers.


Specifications Bell CH-146 Griffon.


  • Crew: 3 person;
  • Capacity: 10 people (depending on configuration);
  • helicopter length: 17,1 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 4,6 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 14 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 3205 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 5355 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 220 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 260 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 660 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4200 m .;
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3D;
  • Power: 2 × 900 hp



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