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  • Aerospatiale SA330 Puma


    Aerospatiale SA330 Puma

    A twin-engined all weather, day or night transport helicopter, the Puma was originally developed as the Sud Aviation SA 330A Alouette IV to fill an Aviation Legere del l' Armee de Terre (French Army Aviation, ALAT) requirement for a medium troop transport helicopter following its experiences in Algeria.
    It was the third helicopter to be added to the Anglo-French helicopter agreement along the Gazelle and Lynx, selected (as the SA.330E) to satisfy the RAFs Tactical Transport Programme.

    Puma has a four blade main rotor and a five blade tail rotor, with a small, port side stabiliser opposing it. The main body is a semi-monocoque, all metal, pod and boom structure, covered in a stressed metal skin, all supported on a retractable, tricycle undercarriage. It also features a large, jettisonable, sliding cargo door on each side.

    First prototype (F-ZWWN) flew on 15 Apr 1965. The last of 6 pre-production airframes flew on 30 Jul 1968. It has proved an excellent platform for technical development, leading to several versions and it formed the basis of the AS332 Super Puma model.
    Production by Aerospatiale ceased in 1987 by which time a total of 697 airframes had been built

    Derivatives & Versions

    SA330B Puma 1968 French Army production version powered by 1185 shp Turbomeca Turmo IIIC4 engines
    SA330C Puma 1969 First export production version powered by 1400 shp Turmo IVB engines
    SA330E Puma 1970 First flight November 25, 1970 produced by Westland as the Puma HC.1. 48 built, all but ZA941 for the RAF.
    SA330F Puma 1970 Civilian export version powered by 1185 shp Turbomeca Turmo IIIC4 engines
    SA330G Puma 1974 Upgraded civilian version with 1575 shp Turbomeca Turmo IVC engines
    IAR 330 1975 Aerospatiale SA.330L Puma licence-built version manufactured in Romania
    SA330J Puma 1975 Civilian transport version with composite rotor blades and with higher maximum takeoff weight
    SA330H Puma 1976 Upgraded airframes with Turbomeca IVC engines and composite main rotor blades
    SA330L Puma 1976 Military version of the SA 330J Puma, both based on the SA 330H. Main rotors of glass fibre and carbon fibre composite materials with a stainless ...
    AS332 Super Puma 1978 Developed from the successful SA.330, the Super Puma first flew on 13 September 1978. Fitted with twin 1330kW Turbomeca Makila 1A turbine engines ...
    IPTN nsa330 puma 1981 license produced in Indonesia, airframes listed under Aerospatiale SA330.
    NSA330J Puma 1981 NSA330J produced under license by IPTN in Indonesia
    EC Puma Mk2 2012 Twenty four Royal Air Force Puma HC.1 modified by Eurocopter France at Marseille (4) and Eurocopter Romania (20) under the RAF Puma Life Extensio ...

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