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

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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 342L Gazelle

in Lebanese Air Force service

History

Four SA342L (not SA342K) Gazelles delivered in 1981, followed by three more in 1983-84. These helicopters could be armed with HOT anti-tank missiles, rockets or gun pods. Used by 8 Squadron in the anti-tank and gunship role. In 2007 nine additional examples were obtained from the UAE Air Force. Still in their desert yellow camouflage, they were supplied without weapons. Lebanese AF personnel soon added gun and rocket pods, and later retro-fitted HOT missiles taken from the first batch of Gazelles.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
L-801 1824   1981 Preserved Rayak Aug 2008
L-802 1826   1981 stored Rayak Feb 2006
L-803 1827?   1981  
L-804 1823?   1981  
L-805 2016   1983  
L-806 2017   1983  
L-807 2021   1984 stored Rayak Feb 2006
L-808     2007 ex UAEAF
L-809     2007 ex UAEAF
L-810     2007 ex UAEAF
L-811     2007 ex UAEAF
L-812     2007 ex UAEAF
L-813 1759 137 2007 ex UAEAF
L-814     2007 ex UAEAF
L-815     2007 ex UAEAF
L-816     2007 ex UAEAF
L-817     2007 ex UAEAF
L-818     2007 ex UAEAF

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References

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