Aérospatiale SA-330 Puma
The Aérospatiale SA-330 Puma is a transport helicopter designed and built in France. The design was first built by Sud Aviation, and later by Aérospatiale. It was also built by Westland Helicopter in the United Kingdom after an agreement between the two countries It first flew in April 1965. It is mainly used by Armée de l'Air, Royal Air Force, and some other air forces. It is also used by civilians.
SA-330 specifications[change | edit source]
The Aérospatiale SA-330 Puma is 59.6½ feet (18.15 meters) long, 49.2½ feet (15.00 meters) diameter, and 16.10½ feet (5.14 meters) tall. A minimum mass that weighs 7,795 pounds (3,536 kg) and at the maximum mass that weighs 15,532 pounds (7,000 kg). It is powered by two Turbomeca Turmo engines driving a helicopter rotor with four blades.
The passenger cabin allows the reception of sixteen to twenty armed soldiers in military version, and fourteen to sixteen passengers in civil version. The two-seater cockpit of the helicopter is type side by side. A mechanic, also serving the mechanical winch, takes place at the rear. He can used the removable machine gun.
SA-330 users[change | edit source]
At the beginning of 2013, these countries were still using or had used the military Puma:
- Abu Dhabi
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
SA-330 variants[change | edit source]
French built Puma[change | edit source]
SA-330A, SA-330B, SA-330Ba, SA-330C, SA-330E, SA-330F, SA-330G, SA-330H, SA-330J, SA-330L, SA-330S, SA-330Z. SA-330A is the prototype and SA-330Z is an experimental version.
British built Puma[change | edit source]
Puma HC Mk-1, Puma HC Mk-2. British production is only for the military version.
Indonesian built Puma[change | edit source]
Romanian built Puma[change | edit source]
IAR-330, IAR-330 SOCAT. Romanian Puma are built by IAR, indigenous aeronautical industriy, for civilian and military. IAR-330 SOCAT is an attack and transport helicopter, like soviet helicopter Mi-24 Hind.
South African built Puma[change | edit source]
Oryx. South African Puma are built by Atlas Aircraft Corporation, indigenous aeronautical industriy, for civilian and military.
Notes[change | edit source]
References[change | edit source]
- (French) http://www.avionslegendaires.net/aerospatiale-sa-330-puma.php
- (French) http://www.aviationsmilitaires.net/display/aircraft/154
- (French) http://tomcat85.free.fr/SA.330_Puma.php
- (French) http://www.avionslegendaires.net/aerospatiale-as-332-ec-225-super-puma.php