The MBB Bo 105P is a light, German, anti-tank helicopter in service with the Bundeswehr since 1985. Like the Spanish Bo 105ATH tank destroyer, it is a variant of the Bo 105 multi-purpose helicopter, which had been introduced in 1970. It was developed and manufactured by the German firm Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm. Along with the Eurocopter Tiger, the Bo 105P constitutes the backbone of the German Army’s helicopter anti-tank force.
It is powered by two Allison 250-C20B turboshaft engines, which generate 420 shp each. It has a four-bladed main rotor, whose head is made of titanium, and a two-bladed tail rotor. The Bo 105P is equipped with a Singer AN/ASN128 Doppler navigation system, and a thermal imaging system and infrared visors for night operations.
To attack and destroy enemy armored units, the upgraded version Bo 105P/PAH1A1 is armed with HOT ATGM anti-tank missiles, launched from six tubes.
Type: anti-tank helicopter
Length: 11.9 m
Height: 3 m
Main rotor diameter: 9.84 m
Maximum take-off weight: 2,500 kg
Maximum speed: 150 mph (242 km/h)
Range: 357 miles (575 km)