Helicopter Eurocopter AS550 Fennec. Specifications. A photo.
Helicopter Eurocopter AS550 Fennec. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter Eurocopter AS550 Fennec. Specifications. A photo.


The Eurocopter AS550 Fennec is a light multipurpose helicopter developed by the specialists of the Eurocopter Group in 1990, and is still being produced by the aircraft building corporation Airbus Helicopters.


Eurocopter AS550 Fennec photo


The development of the Eurocopter AS550 Fennec model helicopter began by French aviation engineers in 1986. In a very short period of time, specialists from the Eurocopter Gorup company managed to create a good multi-purpose aircraft, used mainly for special military operations, in order to combat enemy ground forces, as well as to destroy lightly armored military equipment. Nevertheless, in most cases, the Eurocopter AS550 Fennec helicopter is used by the armies of various countries to transport small armed groups for special operations, and is also actively used to carry out reconnaissance on the ground, provide fire cover and conduct search and rescue operations.

In the design of the helicopter, the French engineers and designers have relied on the model of Eurocopter AS350, but the design of the aircraft has undergone significant changes, and the helicopter has become more practical and reliable in terms of its operational capacity.

Depending on the modification, as well as its purpose, helicopter Eurocopter AS550 Fennec can carry on its board until 6 people - two pilots and four armed and fully equipped soldiers. If the helicopter to be used for search and rescue operations, as a rule, this aircraft is designed for a smaller capacity. In some situations, the aircraft of this model is also actively used for small cargo transportation of total weight up to 1030 kg.


Photo Eurocopter AS550 Fennec 


Depending on the modification, the aircraft may have such weapons as an automatic 20 mm. aircraft cannon, 7,62 mm machine guns. or 12,7 mm., unguided and guided missiles. However, the Eurocopter AS550 Fennec is usually not used in open confrontations due to its light armor.

Depending on version, the helicopter Eurocopter AS550 Fennec can be equipped with one or two turboshaft engines, able to develop the capacity of more than 850 hp each. Variants, equipped with a single engine, marked by French aircraft manufacturers not only as Eurocopter AS550 Fennec, while the version with two engines - Eurocopter AS555 Fennec. Depending on the speed of flight of the aircraft, as well as the maximum take-off weight may vary.


Helicopter Eurocopter AS550 Fennec 


Helicopter Model Eurocopter AS550 Fennec is available in the following versions:

  • Eurocopter AS550 C2 Fennec - The basic production version of the helicopter, which has light armor;
  • Eurocopter AS550 U2 Fennec - A modified version of Eurocopter AS550 C2 Fennec, is not equipped with armor;
  • Eurocopter AS550 C3 Fennec - An improved version of a military helicopter;
  • Eurocopter AS555 AF Fennec 2 - Twin-engine variant of the helicopter. It has increased flight performance, and can accommodate up to 8 bunks aboard chelvoeka;
  • Eurocopter AS555 AN Fennec 2 - Is equipped with a modified version of 20 mm. air gun;
  • Eurocopter AS555 AR Fennec 2 - Modification equipped kit rockets;
  • Eurocopter AS555 MN Fennec 2 - A special version designed for operation in the navy. Do not have armor protection;
  • Eurocopter AS555 MR Fennec 2 - An improved version of the version of Eurocopter AS555 MN Fennec 2;
  • Eurocopter AS555 SN Fennec 2 - Armored version of a helicopter designed by request of the French Navy;
  • Eurocopter AS555 SR Fennec 2 - An improved version of the version of Eurocopter AS555 MN Fennec 2. It has armored protection;
  • Eurocopter AS555 UN Fennec 2 - A multi-purpose training and training and the cargo version of the helicopter;
  • Eurocopter AS555 UR Fennec 2 - Transport version of the helicopter;
  • Eurocopter AS555 SP Fennec 2 - A modified version developed for the Navy Argentina.


Specifications AgustaWestland AW169.


  • Crew: 2 person;
  • Capacity: 4 people (depending on version);
  • helicopter length: 10,93 m (depending on version).
  • The height of the helicopter: 3,34 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 10,7 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 1220 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 2250 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 235 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 285 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 648 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 5280 m .;
  • Powerplant: Turbomeca Arriel 2B (depending on modification);
  • Power: 850 hp (Depending on version).



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