The Gazelle was first produced in 1968 under an Anglo-French agreement between Westlands and Aerospatiale.
The Gazelle, fondly referred to as the "whistling chicken leg", has proved an incredibly reliable observation and reconnaissance helicopter for many years.
Although, having only one engine, it is not as powerful as many others, but its lightweight chassis offsets any deficit it might have. Advantages include its small agile nature, and its unparalleled visibility from the cockpit.
|In service date||1973|
|Maximum all up weight||1900kg|
|Engines||1 x Turbomeca Astazou III N2 592 shp|
|Crew||1 or 2 + 3 passengers|
|Main rotor diameter||10.5m|
|Maximum speed|| 168 knots|
|Range|| 250 NM|