SA.341F Gazelle

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SA.341F Gazelle
sa_341f.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
9.7/9.7/9.7BR
2 peopleCrew
1.0 tEmpty weight
2.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
5 000 mCeiling
Turbomeca Artouste Astazou IIIBEngine
Speed of destruction
310 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm GLAT M.621 cannonWeapon 1
1 000 roundsAmmunition
739 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
7 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rocketsSetup 1
2 x HOT-1 missilesSetup 2
2 x BGM-71 TOW missilesSetup 3
2 x Mistral air-to-air missilesSetup 4
Economy
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 000 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png9 100 / 11 038/8 500 / 10 310/4 430 / 5 373Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.20 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the French utility helicopter SA.341F Gazelle. For other version, see SA.342M Gazelle.

Description

GarageImage SA.341F Gazelle.jpg


The SA.341F Gazelle is a rank VI French utility helicopter with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). This helicopter was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".

Initially designed by Sud Aviation in 1966, the Gazelle helicopter project (SA 340, SA 341 and SA 342) was continued by Aérospatiale as a French five-seat transport, scout and light attack helicopter manufactured in both France and the United Kingdom. Manufacturing licenses were granted allowing a Yugoslavian company SOKO and the Arab British Helicopter Company in Egypt to also produce these aircraft.

The Turbomeca Artouste Astazou IIB turbine engine powers the Gazelle. Initial testing of this helicopter utilised a standard tail-rotor taken from the Alouette, however, design changes switched to a Fenestron-style tail, the first helicopter to do so. The Fenestron tail or “fantail” differs from a conventional tail rotor as it contains eight to eighteen blades housed within the tail unit of the helicopter. Advantages of the Fenestron include substantial noise reduction, protection of tail rotor damage from contact with other objects and protection of ground personnel working around the tail section. With the aid of the Fenestron tail, the Gazelle was the world’s fastest helicopter in its class during its early years.

In the service of the French, the Gazelle SA.341F was utilised as a light support helicopter equipped with a 20 mm GLAT M.261 cannon and various rockets, anti-tank missiles and air-to-air missiles. Over the years, the Gazelle was removed from anti-tank duty and reconfigured for operations as an Air Observation Post directing artillery fire, airborne forward air controller directing ground-attack troops, troop casualty evacuations and communication relay operations.

General info

Flight Performance

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Survivability and armour

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Armaments

Offensive armament

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Suspended armament

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Usage in battles

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Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Compressor Flak Jacket Offensive 20 mm
II Helicopter Frame HOT
III Engine Replacing Helicopter Blades New 20 mm Cannons HOT-2
IV Cover ATAM

Pros and cons

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History

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Media

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See also

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France helicopters
Attack  ▄H-34
Utility  SA.313B Alouette II · SA.316B Alouette III · IAR 316B · SA.341F Gazelle · SA.342M Gazelle