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Prototype Ecureuil (Squirrel) flown in June 1974; twin-engine model 355 in September 1979.

Military versions produced after 1990 redesignated AS 550/555 Fennec. Also manufactured under license in Brazil, while China’s CHAIC Z-11 is an apparent copy.

More than 2,250 of all models produced and used worldwide.

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Eurocopter AS-350B2 Ecureuil


Accommodation : Up to 6 passengers, or 2 doctors and 1 stretcher


Number Of Engines : One
Powerplant type : Turbomèca Arriel 1D1 turbine engine
Max Power Rating : 546kW (732shp)


Empty Weight : 1,220kg (2,690lb)
Max Take-off Weight : 2,250kg (4,960lb)
Max Useful Load : 1,030kg (2,270lb)


Max Speed At Cruising Level : 155kt (287km/h; 179mph)
Endurance : 4hr 24min
Initial Climb Rate : 1,675ft (510m) per minute
Service Ceiling : 15,100ft (4,600m)

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