Main description

The All-Weather,
Multi-Role Force Multiplier
The AS565 MB is the naval version of the Panther family of helicopters. This all-weather, multi-role light helicopter can be operated from ship decks or offshore to cover a vast array of naval missions  such as maritime surveillance, search  and rescue (SAR), casualty evacuation,  vertical replenishment, offshore patrolling and counter-terrorism. The  AS565 MB is the ideal complementary  asset for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) tasks, such as submarine and surface target  destruction: It can launch its own torpedoes and provide Over-the-Horizon Targeting (OTHT) to surface ships.


  • SAR and Medical Evacuation Missions

    SARFor SAR and MEDEVAC missions, the AS565 MB has a flexible cabin that enables operators to tailor the configuration to their exact needs. It is rapidly reconfigurable as roles change, and can be equipped with the latest medical equipment. The AS565 MB’s SAR credentials are the best in the world: It has been the benchmark for medium range SAR aircraft for many years and continues to set the standard. The US Coast Guard, for example, currently operates over 100 Panther helicopters.

    Extensive SAR Equipment:

    • 4-axis Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS)
    • Flight Management System (FMS) with doppler and GPS
    • Search and weather radar
    • FLIR (optional)
    • Variable speed electric Class 1 rescue hoist:
      0 to 1.3 m/sec (0 to 250 ft/min)
    • Cargo sling load with dynamometer:
      907 kg (2,000 lbs) or 1,600 kg (2,500 lbs), depending on configuration
    • Emergency floatation gear
    • Stretcher-supporting structure
    • Loudspeaker and search light
    • MEDEVAC installation.

    SAR and Assistance Mission Profiles

    • 160 NM radius of action to hoist 2 to 4 survivors
      + 20 min. reserve (no cabin tank) at sea level ISA + 20°C
    • 105 NM radius of action to sling 400 kg load
      + 20 min. reserve (cabin tank) at sea level ISA + 20°C