So they essentially have an Uber-LittleBird.
Sorry, don't get you.
Are you aware what the "Bundeswehrplan" actually is or do you know something that I don't know?
Bestände unter Berücksichtigung der geplantenZuläufe / Herauslösungen
-------2003 2007 2008 2012--
BO-105 223 163 143 102
Anyways the Bo-105 will be still in use as VBH (joint duty) and in the mentioned special forces version for a couple of years. I personally do not believe that the end will be 2012.
Didn't knew about the weight restriction, thanks for that info.
If its only a bureaucratic issue they should be able to overcome it.
At least until 2012...
Some other interesting versions and prototypes:
The HGH (high speed helicopter) was a prototyp for high speed tests. It reached 372 km/h without and 404 km/h with mounted wings while the rotortips reached Mach 0,97.
Bo-105 CB "FAMET":
CB version for the FAMET (Spanish army helicopter aviation) with Rh-202 20mm cannon mounted under the fuselage. Note the higher skids/gear on the second photo which is needed to fit the cannon.
Prototypes of the CBS (S indicates a longer fuselage). I guess the first two fotos show the export-version for the UAE and the others the new Eurocopter "Super-Five" CBS-5.
Bo-105 "Optics" Prototyp:
Unknown version with mast mounted optics (manufacturer camouflage).
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Infact you're right! After some search I found out that this paticular Bo-105 was really called "Giraffe" and was used as testplatform for the SFIM Ophelia night vision system for helicopters.
Prototyp with a longer and wider fuselage to carry up to seven persons.
I remember Iraq Air Force used Bo-105 in Iran-Iraq war.(Seen Acig net's data)
They did. Some similar to the Spanish ones with the Rh-202 cannon.
See attached images - had to do some correction work in the profile, as it had both the HOT ATGMs and the cannon, an unlikely combo.
A NBO-105 from the Indonesian Police with a member of Detasemen Khusus 88, an anti-terror special unit, during an exercise. Picture taken from the TNI forum.