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The Super Frelon first flew in 1962. The Super Frelon was produced in a civilian transport version and military transport, anti-submarine, and anti-ship versions. The six-blade main rotor is mounted above center of fuselage. Of the three turboshaft engines, two are mounted side-by-side atop the fuselage forward of main rotor; the third is behind the main rotor. Round air intakes are located above and behind cockpit. Boat-hull type fuselage mounts stabilizing floats on either side of the body, which has fixed landing gear and an upswept rear section. The nose is round with glassed-in cockpit. The tail boom tapers from the main body to the swept-back, tapered fin with a rotor on the left. The single flat is tapered and and flat-mounted on the right side of the fin.


Country of Origin France
Builder AEROSPATIALE / Eurocopter
First flight : 1965
In-service in the French Navy : 1966
RoleAssault-transport (38 equipped troops), naval operations
Major operational capacities : Special operations with Navy commandos, maritime anti-terrorism, combat rescue, logistic support to maritime forces, sea rescue, fight against maritime pollution
Typical mission Rescue of aircraft crew on the ground and at sea
Similar AircraftPuma, SH-3 Sea King, CH-53 Sea Stallion, HH-3E Jolly Green Giant, Mi-8 Hip
Rotor diameter 62 ft (18.9 m)
Length 75 ft, 7 in (23 m)
Height 6.70 m
Weight 13 tons
Engine 3 Turboméca 3C III turbines / 3x1,200 HP
Maximum speed 270 km/h
Cruising speed
Range 700 km / 3 ˝ hr
Service Ceiling 10,000 ft
Passengers : Up to 27 commandos
Special equipments : Radar ORB-42, Alkan decoy launcher, compatibility with night vision binoculars, defensive armour plate, scuttling weapons, PLS (Personal Locator System) and GPS (Global Positioning System)
NATO interoperability : Protected radiocommunication, identification friend or foe
Crew Two on flight deck; three in main cabin
User Countries France, Iraq, Israel, Libya, People’s Republic of China, Zaire
French Navy inventory : 16 in two squadrons

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Tuesday, September 21, 1999 10:18:15 AM