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SA.341 / HT.2 Gazelle Aerospatiale 1/48 Scale Plastic Model Kit AMP 48020

Theme: Military

Era : 1960-1979

Scale : 1/48

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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Aerospatiale Gazelle (Aérospatiale Gazelle) is a French multi-purpose helicopter. It is in service with the armies of France, Great Britain and a number of other countries. It was used in many armed conflicts as a military transport and anti-tank helicopter. Civilian versions of the Gazelle are very popular.
The helicopter has a characteristic fenestron in the tail boom.
220 vehicles were built in Yugoslavia under a license obtained by the Yugoslav government in the spring of 1972.
In June 1976, Syria launched an invasion of Lebanon, which caused the Soviet Union to virtually stop selling weapons to Syria. France reacted to this by offering to buy SA.342 Gazelle combat helicopters. Syria bought these helicopters and actively used them in Lebanon.
In June 1982, Syrian SA.342s took part in battles with the Israeli army that invaded Lebanese territory and inflicted heavy (according to other sources, insignificant) losses on the enemy. In five days of fighting, according to Syrian data, helicopters disabled 71 Israeli tanks, 5 armored personnel carriers, 2 guns and 17 vehicles. The Israelis claim that Syrian helicopters destroyed 7 tanks (including at least two Merkavs). These figures cannot be compared, since the Israelis only name irretrievable losses and only tanks. According to Western data, the Syrian Gazelles disabled about 30 tanks and a large number of other equipment. The Israelis managed to shoot down only two Syrian Gazelles (tail numbers 1659, 1788), two lightly damaged cars (1782, 1787) made an emergency landing and were captured [5]. Another Syrian "Gazelle" was damaged, but could return. On July 28, 1987, a Lebanese pilot, an ethnic Druze, hijacked a Lebanese Air Force SA.342 Gazelle helicopter and landed on pro-Syrian territory.