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Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
10 February 2005
Also Known As: Caracal, EC 725 Cougar and EC725
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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 Airbus Helicopters H225M, formerly the EC 725, is the latest derivative of proven Super Puma/Cougar helicopter. It features a longer range, increased payload, cabin volume and speed, and more powerful engines. The main rotor has one additional blade bringing the total number to 5 blades instead of 4 of previous models. Composites have been applied to many aircraft structures specially rotor blades. The H225M also features a state-of-the-art avionics and a full glass cockpit. The EC 725 has been designed to accommodate up to 29 combat ready troops and perform a wide range of military missions such as medical evacuation, naval warfare (ASW and ASuW) and troops and materiel transport. The helicopter can also accommodate pod mounted guns, rocket launchers and side-mounted guns. The first prototype EC 725 performed the maiden flight in November 2000.
The French Air Force and the French Army ordered 14 EC 725 helicopters to perform combat search and rescue (CSAR) missions (six for the French Air Force) and special operations forces support missions (eight for the French Army). The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) accepted the first EC 725 helicopter for the French Air Force on February 10, 2005. Deliveries were expected to conclude in 2006. On 10 May 2006, the French Air Force declared the EC 725 helicopter operational for Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions at the Cazaux Base.
Main Rotor Blades: 5
Number of Engines: 2
Tail Rotor Blades: 5
Height: 4.60 meter (15.1 foot)
Length: 16.8 meter (55 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 16.2 meter
Width: 3 meter
Ceiling: 6,000 meter (19,685 foot)
Max Range: 1,282 kilometer (692 nautical mile)
Min Range: 839 kilometer (521 mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,740 shp (2,790 kW)
Cruise Speed: 268 kph (167 mph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 306 kph (165 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 4 hour (0.17 day)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 3,750 liter
Empty Weight: 5,445 kilogram (12,004 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 11,200 kilogram (24,691 pound)
Payload: 5,555 kilogram (12,246 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016Singapore Ministry of Defence Orders H225M HelicoptersThursday, October 27, 2016Airbus Helicopters and Helibras Introduce First H225M in Naval Combat VersionTuesday, October 4, 2016Royal Thai Air Force Places Order for Two Additional H225M HelicoptersTuesday, August 9, 2016Kuwait Ministry of Defence Places Order for 30 H225M Caracal HelicoptersTuesday, August 25, 2015Four EC725 Helicopters Handed Over to Royal Thai Air ForceWednesday, April 22, 2015Poland to Buy Patriot PAC-3 Missile Defense SystemsTuesday, April 21, 2015Poland Ministry of Defense Set to Order 50 Airbus Helicopters H225M CaracalThursday, November 6, 2014Indonesian Air Force Takes Delivery of its First EC725 Combat Search and Rescue HelicopterWednesday, October 22, 2014Royal Thai Navy and Air Force Buy Five EC645 T2 and Two EC725 HelicoptersTuesday, September 17, 2013Brazilian EC725 Aircraft Integrated with Eurocopter Countermeasures
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