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AS 532 Cougar  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1981
Maiden Flight: 13 September 1978
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: AS 332B Super Puma, AS 332M Super Puma, AS 532AC Cougar, AS 532AL Cougar, AS 532UC Cougar, AS 532UL Cougar, Helicoptere d'Observation Radar et d'Investigation sur ZONe, HKP10 and HORIZON
Origin: France
Corporations: Airbus Helicopters
Parent System: Puma
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): September 1968
Maiden Flight: 15 April 1965
Total Production: 1,048
Family Members: AS 332 Super Puma, AS 532SC Cougar, EC225e, H215, H225, H225M and SA 330 Puma
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Description: The Aerospatiale, thereafter Eurocopter and now Airbus Helicopters, 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 AS 552 Cougar, the prototype first flew in September 1978. The third generation of the Puma helicopter family 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 2004/2005. More than 1,000 Puma/Super Puma/Cougar helicopters have been produced for customers worldwide.

The AS 332 Super Puma was originally designed for the civil market. The AS 332B retaining the SA 330s fuselage was the initial military version introduced in 1981. The B version was replaced by the stretched fuselage AS 332M in 1982. In 1990, the military variants were renamed Cougar and adopted the AS 532 designation. The AS 532AC is a military armed version and the AS 532UC is a military unarmed version both featuring the short fuselage. The longer fuselage versions AS 532UL Cougar and AS 532AL Cougar are unarmed and armed aircraft respectively. The AS 532AL is the current production model for military customers having a hardened airframe to withstand crash loads. The cabin is equipped with crashworthy seats and can accommodate up to 25 fully equipped troops. In addition, the aircraft can be armed with pod mounted guns, rocket launchers, and side-mounted guns. The AS 532AL Cougar is suitable for troops transport, search and rescue missions, medical evacuation, airlift, and fire support.

The HORIZON (Helicoptere d'Observation Radar et d'Investigation sur ZONe) is an airborne early warning aircraft based on the AS 532UL helicopter. The HORIZON radar system can process up to 4,000 moving ground targets simultaneously at ranges of 200 kilometers. The French Army ordered eight HORIZON-equipped helicopters with the first aircraft delivered in 1994. The Super Puma and Cougar helicopters are powered by two Turbomeca Makila 1A1 or 1A2 turboshafts driving a four-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor.

AS 532 Cougar Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Tail Rotor Blades: 4
Troops: 25
Height: 4.60 meter (15.1 foot)
Length: 16.3 meter (53 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 15.6 meter
Width: 3 meter
Ceiling: 7,620 meter (25,000 foot)
Max Range: 776 kilometer (419 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,178 shp (2,371 kW)
Cruise Speed: 259 kph (161 mph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 279 kph (151 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 4 hour (0.17 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 9,350 kilogram (20,613 pound)
Payload: 4,500 kilogram (9,921 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AS 532 Cougar News

There are 10 news between
28 Jan 2005 and 13 Mar 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015French Army Aviation Takes Delivery of Two Upgraded AS 532 Cougar Helicopters
Thursday, September 13, 2012Eurocopter Hands Over its First Puma Mk2 Aircraft to the UK Ministry of Defense
Thursday, January 19, 2012Patria to Supply Wide-ranging Helicopter Services to the Swedish Armed Forces
Monday, March 7, 2011Eurocopter Adds Four More Enahced Helicopters to its Product Line
Tuesday, February 16, 2010Eurocopter Super Puma/Cougar/EC225 Helicopter Family Marks Four Million Flight Hours
Monday, April 28, 2008Japan Coast Guard's First Two EC225 Helicopters to Support Search and Rescue Missions
Friday, February 15, 2008RSAF, Eurocopter and EADS to cooperate in R&D project on Condition-Based Maintenance
Tuesday, January 8, 2008Spanish Government Purchases Eleven Helicopters from Eurocopter
Thursday, June 21, 2007Eurocopter and UK Ministry of Defence Sign Contract for Puma Upgrade Assessment
Friday, January 28, 2005Eurocopter Signs Important Helicopters Sale with Bulgaria

Operators & Related Equipment

Ministry of Defense AS 532AL MEDEVAC helicopter (1)
20146AS 532
2005138 Puma and 5 Super Puma
Aircraft ordered by the Spanish Army's UME (3) and FAMET (2)

Grand Total 4630
Propulsion Systems
Makila 1A1x2
Makila 1A2x2
Protection Systems
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