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the Navy and the Army needed to phase out their ageing HKP 2 Alouette II,
this was replaced by another well-known helicopter, the Bell 206
JetRanger. This machine has been produced since 1966 and has also a
larger version with a more powerful engine and stretched fuselage; the
JetRangers were acquired in two versions for the Swedish defence - the HKP
6A for the Army and the HKP
6B for the Navy. Ten helicopters were ordered by the Navy and
twenty-one by the Army. Further one Army helicopter was purchased for
use by the Swedish UN troops. The HKP 6A’s were delivered in
1968-1969 and the HKP 6B’s in 1970-1971. One additional HKP 6B was
provided to the Navy in 1991 to replace a crashed helicopter.
the HKP 3, the HKP 6 was licence built by Giovanni Agusta in Italy.
HKP 6A’s of the Army
used for observation, liaison and transports. It
was also used for
tactical training. It
would lift an external
hanging load of max. 540 kg when flying without internal load and
passengers. The helicopter
was flown by one pilot. The cabin could also
accommodate three passengers or two fully equipped soldiers.
Army JetRangers were unarmed from the beginning. In 1977-1978, four HKP
6A’s were however converted to anti-tank helicopters and among other
things fitted with French APX-sights.
HKP 6B’s for navy use could
be armed with depth-charges type SJB
11 or SJB 45. Up to four
be hung under the fuselage. The helicopter
also used for observation duties, but lacked
any qualified observation equipment. The helicopter
usually manned by a single pilot and one observer. The observer
usually a conscript.
reasons of safety, the Navy JetRangers
fitted with floats of ”pop-up”-type. The inflatable floats
immediately activated if an emergency landing had
to made at sea. Also the HKP 6B
used for training of pilots.
were powered by one Allison 250-C20 engine of 400 hp, Swedish
designation TAM 4B.
one HKP 6C existed.
a Bell 206B, belonging to Försökscentralen (the Trial Establishment).
This helicopter had
a different engine control system than the other versions.
The last HKP 6s werel phased out in August 2004.
The Swedish police operates both the JetRanger and the LongRanger.
Top: HKP 6A's in a neat row at Malmen 2001. Bottom: HKP 6A # 06269
HKP 6A: Length 8,74 m. Rotor dia. 10,16 m. MTOW 1.450 kg. Cruising speed 215 km/h.
© Lars Henriksson