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  • 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

    A total of 447 SA315 Lamas were delivered to customers worldwide. As of the end of 2018, 86 were still in service and 3,512,100 flight hours have been accumulated
    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.

    SA315B Lama News

    HAL to Repair Argentine Air Force Lama Engines, 16-Feb-23 : #Lama During Aero-India 2023 Argentina awarded HAL contract to repair, overhaul and supply spare parts for Turbomeca Artouste engines of the SA315B Lama helicopters of the Argentine Air Force Andes mountains rescue squadron

    BK117D3 Landed on Americas Highest Peak, 25-Sep-19 : #Aconcagua The new Airbus BK117D3 / H145 5-bladed landed on Americas’ highest peak, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina at 6,962 metres ~ 22,840 feet. This was the first time a twin-engine helicopter landed there

    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 Artouste IIIB 543 shp
    Capacity: 1 + 4
    Length: (m) 10.24
    Height: (m) 3.1
    Blades: 3
    Rotor diam.: (m) 11.02
    Disc area: (m2) 95.54
    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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