Aerospatiale Alouette II

SA315B Lama


  • Aerospatiale SA315B Lama
  • Aerospatiale SA315B LamaJune 21, 1972 World Altitude Record 12.442 m ~ 41.000 ft by Jean Boulet

In 1968, Sud-Aviation received a request of the Indian Air Force for a helicopter capable of operate in high altitude. Differences between the Alouette II includes three tail rotor blades, forward U/C dampers and strike guard over T/R drive shaft.

It was primarily built in India as HAL Cheetah and in Brazil as Helibras HB.315B Gaviao

On June 21, 1972 a Lama reach major altitude world record for an helicopter: 12.442 m ~ 41.000 ft

It was the main rescue helicopter on both the asian Himalayas and southamerican Andes for decades, being succeeded from 1997 by the B3 variant of the Squirell

SA315 Lama differs from the SA313 Alouette II principally in its single Turbomeca Artouste IIIb engine. Hover performance (in and out of ground effect) was also improved by a factor of 5.

Model News

WWII plane rescue in the Andes Mountains, 21-Feb-00 : Argentine Lamas worked at 1947 plane crash site 2048 m (8,100 feet) high in the Andes Mountains to bring down remains of the Avro Lancastrian Star Dust missing for decades

Rescue at an altitude of 15,000 feet ( 4,500 m ), 30-Oct-99 : NEW DELHI, India - The Indian Air Force rescued 16 climbers trapped in the Himalayas in Bhutan due to heavy snow, United News of India (UNI) reported Friday.

Lama celebrates 30 Years, 15-Mar-99 : Marignane, France - On March 17, 1969 the SA315B Lama made its maiden flight. Three years later, on June 21, 1972, Jean Boulet reached an altitude of 12,442m, setting an outright world altitude record that remains unbeaten to this day.


Engine: 1 x Safran (Turbomeca) Artouste IIIB 543shp
Capacity: 1 + 4
Length: (m) 10.24
Height: (m) 3.1
Blades: 3
Rotor diam.: (m) 11
Disc area: (m2) 95.38
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 1020     Max: 2300
Speed: (km/h)     Max: 192
Range: (km) 500
Ceiling: (m) 5400     Max: 12442
Rate/Climb: (m/min) 330

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