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Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
22 December 2004
EUR€23 million (USD$31 million)
Also Known As: EC 225 Super Puma
Corporations: Airbus Helicopters
Description: The Aerospatiale, now Eurocopter, SA 330 Puma is a medium lift multi-purpose helicopter designed in the 1960s to meet the requirements of the French Army for an all-weather transport helicopter. The prototype flew for the first time on April 15, 1965. The first production aircraft performed its maiden flight in September 1968. The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force (RAF) joined the SA 330 Puma program through an agreement signed in 1967. In 1981, Aerospatiale introduced the second generation Puma featuring stretched fuselage and more powerful engines. Known as the AS 332 Super Puma or Cougar, the prototype first flew in September 1978.
The third generation of Puma helicopter developed by Eurocopter first flew in November 2000. The civil version is called EC 225 Super Puma and the military version EC 725 Cougar. These aircraft feature a five-bladed main rotor, more powerful engines, state-of-the-art avionics, glass cockpit, more cabin room and improved performance. The EC 225 and EC 725 helicopters achieved initial operational capability in 2004. So far, Eurocopter has received orders for more than 730 Puma helicopters form both civil and military customers from more than 38 countries.
Eurocopter's EC 225 is the latest development of Cougar/Super Puma family of helicopters for heavy transport in the 11-ton class segment. EC 225 features a five-blade main rotor of the 'Spheriflex' type that provides optimum lift performance and reliability. The main rotor blades are equipped with a very advanced airfoil shape providing the aircraft with an extremely low vibration level. It is powered by two Makila 2A turbo shaft engines with dual-channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system and anti-icing system for operation in extremely cold climate. The helicopter gearbox has been reinforced incorporating advanced materials and new structural solutions such as rigid frames.
Eurocopter is marketing the EC225 twin-engine helicopter for a wide range of missions for the commercial market. It can assume offshore transport roles carrying up to 24 passengers and one cabin attendant in addition to the crew. It the Very Important Person (VIP) transport version the EC225 can accommodate from 8 to 10 passengers. Search and rescue missions can be assigned to this aircraft as well. However, offshore and VIP transport remain the primary roles. Overall performance stays highly reliable and the helicopter handle characteristics benefit from a full digital glass-cockpit and a digital 4-axis autopilot.
The first EC225 prototype performed the maiden flight in November 2000. It shares lots of characteristics and design solutions with Eurcopter's EC 725, which is intended for the military market. To date, 22 EC225/EC725 helicopters have been ordered and the total amount of Cougar/Super Pumas produced stands at 682. The first EC225 civil helicopter was delivered to the government of Algeria after rolling off the assembly line at Marignane, France, on December 22, 2004.
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Chart includes EC225 (124), EC725 (123), AS 332 Super Puma (69), EC225e (15), AS 532SC Cougar (12)
Main Rotor Blades: 5
Number of Engines: 2
Tail Rotor Blades: 4
Height: 4.60 meter (181 inch)
Length: 16.8 meter (661 inch)
Main Rotor Diameter: 16.2 meter (638 inch)
Width: 3 meter (118 inch)
Ceiling: 5,900 meter (19,357 foot)
Max Range: 984 kilometer (531 nautical mile)
Min Range: 839 kilometer
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,740 shp
Cruise Speed: 76 mps (275 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 90 mps (324 kph)
Flight Endurance: 5 hour (300 minute)
Max Takeoff Weight: 11,200 kilogram (24,691 pound)
Min Weight: 5,256 kilogram (11,587 pound)
Payload: 5,744 kilogram (12,663 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 39 news between
1 Mar 2007 and 26 Feb 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014Waypoint Leasing Orders 12 EC225s and 25 EC145 T2s from Airbus HelicoptersTuesday, September 24, 2013Avincis Buys Three New EC225 Helicopters from EurocopterThursday, June 20, 2013Kris Sakti Aviation Buys Eurocopter AS350 B3e, EC135 T3 and EC225 HelicoptersWednesday, May 22, 2013China's State Grid General Aviation Company Orders an Eurocopter EC225 and Two AS350 B3e HelicoptersTuesday, March 26, 2013Weststar Aviation Services Orders Two Eurocopter EC225 HelicoptersTuesday, July 17, 2012Tokyo Fire Department Orders an Additional EC225 HelicopterThursday, July 12, 2012Blueway Group Orders Four Eurocopter EC225 HelicoptersFriday, April 20, 2012Omni Helicopter International Orders Six Additional Eurocopter EC225 HelicoptersWednesday, March 14, 2012Japanese Ministry of Defense Orders an Eurocopter EC225 Helicopter for Passenger TransportationWednesday, February 15, 2012Southern Vietnam Helicopter Corporation Acquires its Fourth Eurocopter EC225 Helicopter
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