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The Airbus Helicopters AS365 Dauphin (Dolphin), formerly known as the Aérospatiale SA 365 Dauphin 2 and the
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin, is a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter currently produced by Airbus Helicopters.The SA 365/AS365 Dauphin 2 is a twin-engine development of the commercially unsuccessful single-engined Aérospatiale SA 360 Dauphin.The base Dauphin has been further developed into several purpose-built variants. During the 1980s, the SA 365 N was used as the basis for a militarised version of the Dauphin, initially designed as AS 365 K, which was used to perform utility, troop-transport, and maritime operations, widely known as the Eurocopter Panther.The AS365 Dauphin is a twin-engine helicopter capable of travelling long ranges, and well suited to operating in climates of a high ambient temperature or at locations of significant altitude.In February 1980, the first series production Dauphin was used to break three separate speed-related world records in separate journeys between Battersea, London, United Kingdom and Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris, France.

Role
transport/utility helicopter

National origin
France

Manufacturer
AérospatialeEurocopter
Airbus Helicopters

First flight
24 January 1975

Introduction
December 1978

Status
In service

Primary users
Pawan Hans
Maryland State Police

Produced
1975-present

Number built
1,000+

Unit cost

US$10M, €7.5M

Developed from
Aérospatiale SA 360

Variants
Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin
Eurocopter AS565 Panther
Harbin Z-9

Developed into
Eurocopter EC 155
Eurocopter Dauphin photo gallery