Multi-Role Force Multiplier
The AS565 MBe 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 MBe 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.
For 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:
Nowadays, surface ships are equipped with towed sonars. These sonars enable long-range submarine detection at variable depths far beyond a ship’s torpedo range. The AS565 MBe is the perfect complementary asset for anti-submarine warfare (ASW): Ready either in the air or on the deck for torpedo attacks, the AS565 MBe enables navies to strike farther, and allows ships to strike a submarine without having to close within the submarine’s own attack area.
The quick and quiet AS565 MBe is a highly cost-effective tool against piracy, smuggling, illegal fishing and for all policing roles in Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) or areas of national interest.
For law enforcement missions, the AS565s endurance is 3 hours at loiter speed and can be configured for snipers and rapid boarding parties for weapons such as the 20-mm canon or cabin machine guns. It can also carry a range of sensors including electro-optics, searchlights and loudspeakers.
For all types of naval missions, the AS565 MB perfectly fits the bill. Quiet and cost effective, the AS565 MBe significantly multiplies a surface ship’s ability to conduct surveillance, Anti-Surface unit Warfare (ASuW) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). With an endurance of four hours, the AS565 MBe is an affordable and valuable alternative to medium-class helicopters which are limited in their ability to perform full anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW) missions. AS565 MBe is an enabler and a force multiplier with an excellent record.
Surface ships can only search within a limited area due to limitations imposed by its aerial height and speed. Equipped with an advanced search radar, the AS565 MBe increases a ship’s capacity to perform surveillance by a factor of 10.
The AS565 MBe can perform Over-the-Horizon Targeting (OTHT) for ships with long range anti-ship missiles. This quadruples surface ships’ effectiveness in anti-surface warfare (ASuW).
With the new generation of air launched anti-ship missiles such as MBDA’s Future Anti Ship Guided Weapon (FASGW), the AS565 MBe acts as a ship’s principal weapon system, enabling it to search, classify, shadow and strike with precision well beyond the horizon without the ship ever being detected. The endurance of the AS565 MBe at loiter speed is more than 4 hours in maritime surveillance and OTHT roles.
The AS565 MBe is fully qualified to operate from over one hundred classes of NATO ships, and complies with NATO’s standardization agreements (STANAGs) regarding tie down fittings, fuel hoses, DC & AC connectors and deck grids for “harpoon” deck-lock securing devices.
This hydraulicallyactivated device enables the AS565 MBe to land and take off from ship decks, regardless of the wind direction:
Landings and takeoffs are possible with +/- 8° roll
and +/- 2° pitch with a 45-knot headwind.