The Eurocopter EC 725 five bladed version of the Cougar was developed to meet a French Air Force requirement for a specialist helicopter for Combat Search & Rescue operations, and is similar to the civilian EC 225. Introduced in 2005, the EC725 has seen combat service worldwide, including in Afghanistan.
Developing nation: France.
Production line: Marseille-Marignan.
Type aircraft: long-range tactical transport helicopter.
First flight: 27 November 2000.
State: in service.
Primary users: French Air Force, Brasillian Air Force.