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The HESA Shahed 285 is an Iranian light attack helicopter developed from the Bell 206 JetRanger.

History[edit | edit source]

The Shahed 285 was designed as an armed scout aircraft variant of the illegally produced Panha Shabaviz 2061, an unlicensed copy of the Bell 206. It was revealed by Iranian authorities in 2009, with two main variants: the AH-85A, a land based variant, and the AH-85C, a sea-based variant. The aircraft is beginning to enter service, but has not yet seen actual combat.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Powerplant: one Rolls-Royce Model 250-C20J engine
  • Top speed: 149 mph
  • Range: 544 miles
  • Ceiling: 13,648 feet
  • Crew: 1
  • Empty weight: 1,808 lbs
  • Armament: one PKMT machine gun turret, fourteen 70 mm rockets
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