The Aérospatiale Gazelle is a French five-seat helicopter, commonly used for light transport, scouting and light attack duties.Later Aérospatiale, and manufactured in France and the United Kingdom through a joint production agreement with Westland Aircraft.It has also participated in numerous conflicts around the world, including by Syria during the 1982 Lebanon War, by Rwanda during the Rwandan Civil War in the 1990s, and by numerous participants on both sides of the 1991 Gulf War.In French service, the Gazelle has been supplemented as an attack helicopter by the larger Eurocopter Tiger.It also served with all branches of the British armed forces-the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy (including in support of the Royal Marines) andthe British Army in a variety of roles. Four versions of the Gazelle were used by the British forces.The Gazelle proved to be a commercial success, which led Aerospatiale to quickly develop and introduce the SA 341 Gazelle series, which was equipped with considerably more powerful engines.
Role Utility helicopter / Armed helicopter
National origin France
Manufacturer Sud Aviation later Aérospatiale/Westland Aircraft/Soko
First flight 7 April 1967 (SA.340)
Status In service
Primary users French Army British Army Bosnian Air Force Egyptian Air Force Lebanese Air Force