Aerospatiale AS 350B Squirrel
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The AS 350B Squirrel helicopters were for aircrew training, utility duties and support of air-capable ships within the RAN fleet. The helicopter’s primary role was rotary wing training for pilots, observer and aircrew. The duties also included limited fleet support in range clearances, flight deck procedure training, plus some embarked support on major warships (AS 350Bs operated from all helicopter-capable RAN ships during the 1991 Gulf War. They were fitted with updated avionics and a door-mounted machine gun).
Manufacturer: Aerospatiale, France
Type: light utility, communications and survey helicopter
Delivered: 13 helicopters, 1973-78
Length: 12.99 metres
Height: 3.5 metres
Width: 10.69 metres (rotors spread)
Weight: 2,100 kg
Speed: 260 kph
Range: 555 km
Crew: two to four
Engines: Aerospatiale Turbomeca Arriel 1B
Watch short video of the Squirrel in the RAN here.