Back Aerospatiale AS.565 "Panther"
1984

AS.565

The prototype of this military multi-mission development of the Dauphin 2 was first flown on 29 February 1984. Based on the standard SA.365N1 airframe, the primary changes include more composite materials and armoured crew seats to maximize survivability in combat zones, the introduction of Turbomeca TM333-1M turboshafts with a continuous rating of 751shp, and the provision of equipment to permit the use of armament and to allow for night operations. Roles can include aerial command post, anti-air (fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft), anti-tank, armed or unarmed reconnaissance, casualty evacuation, close support, electronic warfare, freight transport, high-speed assault transport, target designation and SAR.

M.Taylor "Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation", 1989

AS.565

Technical data for Aerospatiale AS.565 "Panther"

Crew: 2, engine: 2 x Turbomeca TM333-1M turboshaft, rated 670kW at take-off, main rotor diameter: 11.94m, fuselage length: 12.07m, height: 4.07m, take-off weight: 4100kg, cruising speed: 275km/h, hovering ceiling, OGE: 2500m, range: 740km

Aerospatiale AS.565

Comments 
polo, e-mail, 16.06.2011

was too expensive mainly due to weak orders

Brian, 29.03.2011

China owns this helicopter

Jogi, e-mail, 13.12.2010

I just wish our Philippine Army and Marines can afford and operate squandrons of this kind of fast combat utility helicopter.

SAUTERET, e-mail, 04.03.2008

Navy Dauphin has been finally powered with ARRIEL 1C2 since TM333 was too expensive mainly due to weak orders
from customersand N3 version uses ARRIEL 2 with FADEC;

SAUTERET, e-mail, 04.03.2008

Navy Dauphin has been finally powered with ARRIEL 1C2 since TM333 was too expensive mainly due to weak orders
from customersand N3 version uses ARRIEL 2 with FADEC;

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FACTS AND FIGURES

The French navy uses the AS 565 MA for plane-guard duty aboard its carriers.

The Panther was designed around the AS 365 but with radar, infra-red and significantly reduced noise signatures.

Chile operates four AS 565 MAs fitted with radar warning and Exocet missiles.

Saudi Arabia uses AS 565s equipped with the AS.15TT short-range anti-ship missile.



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