Aerospatiale SA 342L Gazelle
in Cyprus Air Command service

History

The French-made SA 342L1 Gazelle Eurocopter once formed the backbone of the Cyprus Air Force, and is still in service today as a light anti-tank and scout helicopter. Its main base is Lakatamia. It was first ordered in June 1987, and deliveries were taking place by January 1988.
A total of 6 aircraft were ordered in the initial batch, though only 4 were initially delivered.
The main weapon of the SA-342L Gazelle is the HOT wire-guided anti-tank missile, with a total of 4 per aircraft. The Gazelle can also carry up to 3 passengers.
The missing construction numbers should come from the following candidates: 2202, 2203, 2204.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
351 ?   ?  
352 2193   1988 photo Air Fan Oct 1995.
353 2196   1988 first noted Feb 1990
354 2197   1988 first noted Aug 1993
355 2199   1988 first noted Nov 1988, photo
356 ?   1988 first noted Aug 1993, photo

Pictures

Gazelle with HOT missiles.
(photo: Cyprus Air Force)

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References

  • World Air Power Journal No.25 p.5
  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)
  • Air Forces Monthly Oct 2003 p57

Other Sources

To be added.

Aerospatiale AS 365N2 Dauphin
in Republic of Fiji Military Forces service

History

One AS 365N2 Dauphin 2 supplied by France as military aid in March 1992, (some sources say in 1989). Used for Transport and Liaison duties. Caught fire off the coast of Fiji in July 1994 and crashed – fortunately with no loss of life.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
DQ-FGD 6427 F-WTNP Mar 1992 w/o 10 July 1994, reg’n canx Oct 1994


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None at present.

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Aerospatiale AS 355F-2 Ecureuil 2
in Republic of Fiji Military Forces service

History

One AS 355F-2 Ecureuil 2 supplied by France as military aid in December 1988, (some sources say in 1991). Used for Transport and Liaison duties. Leased out to commercial use from Jun 1997 and then sold abroad Dec 1997.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
DQ-FGH 5378 F-WYMT Dec 1988 wfu Jun 1997, to F-GTVE Dec 1997


Pictures


Ecureuil 2 DQ-FGH (photo, Phil Hawks via Greg Kozak)


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Aerospatiale AS 355 Ecureuil
in Jamaican Defence Force service

History

Used by 3. Flight in the light transport, reconnaissance and surveillance role.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
JDF H-26 5654   2.2.1999 wfu in 2007, sold as C-GNZA on 20.7.2012
JDF H-27 5664   27.2.1999 wfu in 2007, sold as C-GNZB on 20.7.2012
JDF H-28 5666   8.1999 wfu in 2007, sold as C-GNZS on 27.2.2013
JDF H-29 5668   8.1999 wfu in 2007, stored at Up Park Camp


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None at present.

More Information

References

  • Air International May 2001 p.314-317
  • Scramble 389, October 2011, p.127-132

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Aerospatiale AS 355F Ecureuil 2
in Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force service

History

First used by the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad & Tobago and from 2011 by the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC).


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
SAUTT-02 5320 F-WZKO, F-GMBA, 9Y-TJP 12.2004 became MNS-02 on 1.9.2011
MNS-02 5320 F-WZKO, F-GMBA, 9Y-TJP, SAUTT-02 1.9.2011  


Pictures

None available at present.

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References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)

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Aerospatiale SA 341G/H Gazelle
in Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force service

History

Used by the Rotary Wing Flight.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
9Y-TFO 1029 F-WTNS, NS-1, TTDF-2 4.1973 crashed on 21.7.1979
9Y-TFN 1044 NS-2, TTDF-3 4.1973 crashed on 23.3.1994
9Y-TGU 1566 N9003A 10.1980 sold as N7448Y,to SX-HDL on 4.3.1996


Pictures

None available at present.

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References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)

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Aerospatiale SA 316B Alouette III
in Suriname Air Force service

History

Used by the Air Element / SAF.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
300 1857 FAP 9386 1986 sold as N63574
400 1706 FAP 9350 1986 sold as N6353F


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None available at present.

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References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)

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Aerospatiale SA 319B Alouette III
in Guyana Defence Force service

History

Used by the Defence Force Air Command.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
8R-GEL 2228   7.1975 crashed near Annai on 6.7.1976
8R-GEM 2233 F-WXFE 9.1975 wfu 1982


Pictures

None available at present.

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References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)

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Eurocopter AS.332L1 Super Puma

in Icelandic Coast Guard Service

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 1
Service Entry: 1995
Retirement: In Service

History

One AS.332L1 delivered 23 June 1995. Used for search and rescue and transport/EMS duties.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
TF-LIF 2210 F-WQDA 23 June 1995 CAA No.733

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[Super Puma]
The Super Puma TF-LIF arriving at Reykjavik Airport, on it’s delivery flight.
(Photo, Baldur Sveinsson)

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Eurocopter AS.350B Ecureuil

in Icelandic Coast Guard Service

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 2
Service Entry: 1986
Retirement: 2000

History

One AS.350B obtained in March 1986. Used for support to Cutters and light ships, and EMS/light transport duties. Sold in Germany by 2000.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
TF-GRO 1322 D-HKHL Mar 1986 CAA No.506, re-registered TF-SYR 1999
TF-SYR 1322 TF-GRO CAA No.506, to D-HFEM 2000?

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[AS.350]
(Photo, Olafur Sigurdsson Collection)

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