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.
|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|
(photo: Cyprus Air Force)
- 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
To be added.