Thursday, April 16, 2009

AS 565MB Panther Naval Helicopter, Europe

The naval variant of the Eurocopter AS 565MB Panther is in service in Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, the Icelandic Coast Guard, the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, the Israeli Defence Force, the Mexican Navy, the Chinese Navy and the French Navy. Armed and unarmed versions of the army variant of the helicopter are in service with the Brazilian Army.
The Bulgarian Navy ordered six AS 565MB helicopters in January 2005, to be delivered in 2010/2011.

The Panther first flew in 1982 and the current MB naval variant entered service in 1997. It has a maximum take-off weight of 4,300kg and can be configured for search and rescue, patrol and surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-surface-ship roles. Armed with four missiles in an anti-surface-ship role the helicopter has a range of action of 250km. In the search and rescue role the helicopter has a radius of action of 240km and can carry six survivors. The mission endurance is four and a half hours.


Crew: 2 pilots
Troop Capacity: 10 seats or four stretchers


Rotor Diameter: 11.94m
Tail Rotor Diameter: 1.10m
Overall Length (Rotors Turning): 13.73m
Fuselage: 11.63m
Width Blades Folded: 3.25 m
Width Armed Helicopter: 4.20m
Height to Top of Rotor Head: 3.47m
Height to Top of Fin: 4.06m

Empty Weight: 2,302kg
Maximum Weight: 4,300kg
Sling Load Capacity: 1,600kg

Never Exceed Speed: 295km/h
Maximum Range of Action, 4 Missiles, 250km
Maximum Range of Action, 2 Missiles, 278km
Maximum Range SAR Mission: 240km
Maximum Range on Standard Fuel : 820km
Endurance with Standard Tanks: 4 hours 30 minutes

Type: 2 x Turbomeca Arriel 2C
Thrust: 635kW each
Cabin Dimensions:
Length: 2.30m
Width: 1.92m
Height: 1.16m
Volume: 6.6m²

No comments:

Post a Comment