BO 105 PAH-1
The BO 105 came into service in the German military in 1972. This compact and highly maneuverable light helicopter was intended as an observation/scout helicopter. Within a few years the PAH-1 anti-tank variant was developed which fitted 6xHOT or TOW wire-guided missiles and a corresponding roof-mounted sight with periscope viewfinder for the gunner.
Over 200 of the PAH-1 anti-tank BO 105 variants were in service with the German Army, These are being gradually out-phased by the Eurocopter Tiger.
The BO 105 features a hingeless rotor made from glass fiber sheets. This rigid rotor design allows the 105 to perform complete rolls and loops. The handling at low level is also very precise - perfect for both a scout and anti-tank helicopter.
BO 105p Specifications
The BO 105 PAH-1features an optional infra-red sight / laser designator mounted atop the cabin.
When augmented with a FLIR / laser pod fixed to its roof, the BO 105 can fly and fight at night and carry AGM-114 laser-guided Hellfire anti-tank missiles.