Developed as the successor of the Alouette II, the Alouette III is a larger single-engine, light utility helicopter. First flew as the Sud-Aviation SE3160 on February 28, 1959. Production ceased in France in 1983 after c.1450 of SA316 and SA319 types built for 120 customers in 80 countries.
Also manufactured under licence by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in India as Chetak and Industria Aeronautică Română (IAR) in Romania.
By end 2018, the Alouette III fleet accumulated more than 7 million flight hours with nearly 180 helicopters still in service around the world
Alouette III News
Portugal Retired Alouette III, 29-Jun-20 : Portuguese Air Force retired the Alouette III helicopter after 57 years of service and 300,000 flight hours. They were replaced by the Leonardo AW119Kx Koala
French Navy Leased Interim Helicopters, 06-Feb-20 : #Interim France launch development of the H160M Guépard as the future helicopter of the armed forces. The French Navy will lease 12 Dauphin from Heli-Union and obtain 4 new H160 from Babcock for SAR as an interim measure after the retirement of the Alouette III
Pakistan Navy Alouette III on USS Makin Island, 20-Jan-17 : An ill sailor from PNS Tariq, on patrol in the Gulf of Aden, was evacuated to the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and then flown to the USS Makin Island (LHA-8) for medical treatment.
Koksijde SAR Meet 2016, 07-Oct-16 : Belgium with Austria, Germany and Poland taking part of Search and Rescue SAR Meet 2016 at Koksijde, October 10-14
One Turbomeca Artouste IIIB engine. Also license built in Romania as the IAR-316B and in Switzerland by F+W Emmen same helicopter as the SE3160 only strengthened main and tailrotor transmissions with could carry more payload