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  • Franco British Helicopter Agreement




    On February 22, 1967 a Franco - British agreement for helicopter production was signed between French company Sud Aviation and the British Westland covering licence production in UK of 48 SA330E helicopters which were to be known as Puma HC1s in RAF service and the production of 292 SA341 Gazelles. In return the French were granted licence production of 40 Westland Lynx helicopters for the French Navy.

    The agreement was officially confirmed on April 2, 1968. On January 1, 1970 Sud-Aviation was merged with a number of other French aerospace companies to form the SNIAS ( Societe Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale ).

    Was only one of many aerospace cooperation programs between the two countries in the 1960s which also includes the Concorde supersonic airliner, the combat jet Jaguar and the Martel and (Franco-German) Milan missiles.

    Franco British agreement helicopters




    RAF Puma SA330E Puma HC.1 in Royal Air Force


    British Army Gazelle SA341B Gazelle AH.1 in British Army


    Royal Navy Gazelle SA341C Gazelle HT.2 in Royal Navy


    RAF Gazelle SA341D Gazelle HT.3 in Royal Air Force


    RAF Gazelle VIP SA341E Gazelle HCC.4 in Royal Air Force


    French Navy Gazelle Lynx in French Navy







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