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Gazelle AH.1
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Nation Flag United Kingdom United Kingdom
Class Recon Helicopter
Variant(s) Gazelle AH.1 SNEB
Cost 65 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0
Icon WALB Strength 3
Size Very Small
Optics

Exceptional

Icon WALB Stealth Pooe
Fuel Capacity 480 L
Icon WALB Autonomy 680 km
Icon WALB Year 1971
Icon WALB Type Marine, Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support
The Gazelle AH.1 is a light helicopter of French design, for British export only. It has had many variants through the years, and has been exported to an impressive number of countries, most of them still using them. Fast and exceptionally good at spotting units, the Gazelle AH.1 is the perfect air reconnaissance vehicle choice.

Available to NATO forces, the Gazelle AH.1 makes it's armed Gazelle AH.1 SNEB variant available.

The Gazelle AH.1's main features are:

  • High speed. It is the fastest reconnaissance helicopter available to NATO forces.
  • Low fuel consumption.
  • Excellent optics.
  • High price for an unarmed vehicle.

OverviewEdit

Very fast, agile and very good optics, it's probably the ideal air recon. Best used to spot early enemy rushes then retreating it over a forest on your flanks to spot any sneaky moves. No reason to keep it close to Buks range... Except as a pricey bait?

HistoryEdit

The Aérospatiale Gazelle originated in a French Army requirement for a lightweight utility helicopter. The design quickly attracted British interest, leading to a development and production share out agreement with British company Westland Helicopters. The deal, signed in February 1967, allowed the production in Britain of 292 Gazelles and 48 Aérospatiale Pumas ordered by the British armed forces; in return Aérospatiale was given a work share in the manufacturing programme for the 40 Westland Lynx naval helicopters for the French Navy.

Aerospatiale Gazelle

Though the general layout resembles that of the Alouette series, the Gazelle featured several important innovations. This was the first helicopter to carry a Fenestron or fantail, which allows considerable noise reduction. Also, the rotor blades were made of composite materials, a feature now widely used in modern helicopters.

In service with all branches of the British armed forces—the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy (including Royal Marines) and the British Army in a variety of roles. Four versions of the Gazelle were used by the British forces. The SA.341D became the Gazelle HT.3 in RAF service, equipped as a helicopter pilot trainer (hence HT). The SA 341E was used by the RAF for communications duties and VIP transport as the Gazelle HCC.4. The SA 341C was purchased as the Gazelle HT.2 pilot trainer for the Royal Navy. The training variants have now been replaced by the Squirrel HT1. The SA 341B was equipped to a specification for the Army Air Corps as the Gazelle AH.1 (from Army Helicopter Mark 1). It was used as an Air Observation Post (AOP) for directing artillery fire, Airborne Forward Air Controller (ABFAC) directing ground-attack aircraft, casualty evacuation, liaison, and command and control, and communications relay.

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