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  • Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter / MBB) Bo 105 Light Utility Civilian / Military Helicopter

    The Airbus Helicopters Bo 105 light utility helicopter has seen military and civilian service across the world with production totals reaching over 1,500 units.

     Updated: 6/18/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter / MBB) Bo 105 is a light utility helicopter system recognized around the globe for its versatility, performance and safety record. The product has served (and continues to do so) in both military and civilian capacities since introduction in the early 1970s. Operators are seen throughout the world providing general transport, reconnaissance, assessment, and an Anti-Tank (AT) over-battlefield functionality The militarized version is capable of mounting the HOT and HOT-2 anti-tank missile system (or similar) making for one lethal and adept battlefield solution.

    The Bo 105 flew in prototype form on February 16th, 1967 and two more prototypes followed. The aircraft was fitted with 2 x Allison 250-C18 turboshaft engines driving its four-bladed main rotor and two-bladed tail rotor. As the program evolved, a composite main rotor blade unit was brought along and the Allison engines were superseded by 2 x MAN-Turbo 6022 series units. By the time of the second pre-production aircraft, the series was back to using the Allison 250 series engines.

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    Airbus Helicopters Bo 105CB Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1970
    Type: Light Utility Civilian / Military Helicopter
    National Origin: Germany
    Manufacturer(s): Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB) / Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) - West Germany / Germany
    Production Total: 1,500

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 38.91 feet (11.86 meters)
    Width: 32.28 feet (9.84 meters)
    Height: 9.84 feet (3.00 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 2,822 lb (1,280 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 5,291 lb (2,400 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x Allison 250-C20B turboshaft engines developing 420 shaft horsepower each and driving a four-blade main rotor and a two blade tail rotor.

    Maximum Speed: 152 mph (245 kph; 132 knots)
    Maximum Range: 407 miles (655 km)
    Service Ceiling: 16,998 feet (5,181 meters; 3.22 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 1,773 feet-per-minute (540 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    Typically unarmed. Military variants outfitted with 6 x Euromissile HOT / HOT 2 OR 8 x BGM-71 TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs).

    Global Operators / Customers

    Albania; Argentina; Australia; Bahrain; Brunei; Canada; Chile; Ciskei; Colombia; West Germany; Germany, Indonesia, Iraq; Lesotho; Mexico; Netherlands; Nigeria; Peru; Philippines; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Trinidad and Tobago; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States; Uruguay;

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    BO 105A - Initial Production Model; fitted with 2 x Allison 250-C18 turbine engines.

    BO 105C - Fitted with 2 x Allison 250-C20 engines.

    BO 105CB - Fitted with 2 x Allison 250-C20B

    BO 105CBS - Lengthened fuselage; medical service variant.

    BO 105 LS - Built under Eurocopter Canada label; fitted with Rolls-Royce (Allison) 250-C28C engines.

    BO 105 LS A1 - Lengthened fuselage; 2 x Allison 250-C28C turbine engines.

    BO 105 LS A3 - Increase to maximum take-off weight.

    BO 105LS A3 - "Super Lifter" Heavy Lift Variant; maximum take-off weight increased.

    BO 105P - Anti-tank Variant for military usage; 2 x HOT AT AGM systems.

    PAH-1 - Army Designation for BO 105P model

    PAH-1A1 - Army Designation for BO 105P model

    BO 105M - Light Transport and Observation Platform.

    VBH - Army Designation for BO 105M model

    NBO-105 - Lengthened fuselage; built under license by IPTN.

    NBO-105 CB - Original Designation for NBO-105 model series.

    NBO-105 CBS - Original Designation for NBO-105 stretched model.

    BO 105 - "Executive" model; produced under Carson Helicopters label for attempted US commercial application; stretched fuselage.

    BO 105E-4 - Converted Bo 105P models for Albanian export.