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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)

Introduction
1973

Status
In service

Primary users
French Army
British Army
Bosnian Air Force
Egyptian Air Force
Lebanese Air Force

Produced
1967-1996[citation needed]

Number built
1,775[citation needed]

Unit cost

$198,500 (1973)[1]

Developed from
Aérospatiale Alouette III
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