AS 350BA Squirrel

AS 350BA Squirrel
Type
Light utility helicopter
Manufacturer
Aérospatiale (now part of Eurocopter Group)
Length
12.99 metres
Height
3.5 metres
Width
10.69 metres
Weights 2100 kg
Speed 260 kph
Range
555 km
Crew
Two to four
Engines Aerospatiale Turbomeca Arriel 1B

Replaced by the more capable S-70B-2 Seahawk aboard the frigates, the Squirrel has ceased dedicated embarked operations and is now used in the role of lead in helicopter training.

The training role includes the conversion of all RAN pilots to rotary wing flying, preparation of pilots for operational flying and flying observers and aircrewman for their basic utility training. The aircraft also provides training support for ship's flight deck teams.