Eurocopter EC725 Caracal

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French Air Force Eurocopter EC725 Caracal in Paris in 2012.
Role Transport Helicopter
National origin France & Germany
Manufacturer Eurocopter.
First flight 2000
Introduction 2006
Status Active
Primary user French Air Force
Unit cost 24.5 millions $[1]

The Eurocopter EC725 Caracal is a French and German military helicopter. It is built by Eurocopter. It is the last model of the Super Pumas series. This helicopter shares part of its avionics with EC225 Super Puma Mk-2.[2]

Equipment & weapons[change | edit source]

All Eurocopter EC725 Caracal had got a Forward Looking Infra-Red (or FLIR) at the the forward fuselage. It is like a ball. Some helicopters, like French ones, can be refueled in flight. Most have a gundoor, generally one or two 7.62mm– or 12.7mm–calibre machine gun.

Users[change | edit source]

In 2013, the countries that use this helicopter are Brazil, France, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, and Thailand.

In France Eurocopter EC725 Caracal is mainly used to transport special forces[3], like in Brazil. It was used in the Afghanistan War[4] and in Mali[5] by the French. Some of their helicopters were used in January 2013 for an operation of the French special forces and DGSE's agents in Somalia[6].

References[change | edit source]

Bibliography[change | edit source]

  • Jackson, Robert, Helicopters: Military, Civilian, and Rescue Rotorcraft (The Aviation Factfile). London: Grange Books Ltd, 2005. ISBN 1-84013-812-2.
  • Frawley, Gerard, The international directory of military aircraft 2002/2003 . London: Aerospace Publication, 2002. ISBN 1-875671-55-2.