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Aerospatiale / Eurocopter
365/565 Dauphine / EC155 Panther

HH-65 Dolphin

Aerospatiale developed the Dauphin as a replacement for their older Alouette III helicopters in both civil and military service, with the prototype flying in 1972. By the time that the original single-engine version ( SA 360 ) had entered production, a twin-engine version had already flown which was to form the basis for the SA 365.

By 1991 the 500th airframe have been delivered and was also manufactured under licence in China as the Z-9 by Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation.

Variants User
SA 360 Dauphin Single engine - 1972
SA 361H 1973
SA 365C Dauphin 2 Twin engine - 1975
SA 365F Naval - 1982
AS 365K/M Panther Army - 1984
AS 365G-1 USCG HH-65A Dolphin - 1984
AS 365N Dauphin 2 Civilian
Harbin Z-9 Haitung Chinese built variant
Helibras MH-1 Brazilian built variant
EC 155 Former 365N4 - 1998
AS 565 Panther

US Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin :

In the early 1980s, the United States Coast Guard selected the SA 366G Dauphin (with the H-65 Dolphin DoD designation) to fill a need for a new air-sea rescue helicopter. In order to comply with US law, however, the majority of the helicopters' value had to be produced locally, and this resulted in the substitution of Avco Lycoming engines in place of the original Turboméca units, amongst other engineering changes. But problems with the new engines led in 2004 to a re-engined program to the french Turbomeca Arriel 2C2-CG turboshaft. Upgrades dolphins are known HH-65C

HH-65 Production List

Dauphine Panel

AS 365N2 Dauphin 2
Dauphin 2

AS 565 Panther

Chinese Z-9

First Flight : SA 365A June 2, 1972

Crew / Load: 2 up to 13 (Depending the mission) or 1600 Kg with sling

Specs. AS 365 N2 :

Primary Mission: SAR (Search and Rescue)

Engines: 2 * 733 shp Turbomeca Arriel 1C2 Turbine engines

Top Speed (Vne): 296 km/h
Cruise Speed: 279 km/h
Rate of climb: 6 m/s
Range: 880 km
Service Ceiling: 3700 m
Hover Ceiling OGE: 1200 m
Weight: Empty: 2265 kg -- Max: 4250

Database: Production list

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