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SA 330 Puma  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): September 1968
Maiden Flight: 15 April 1965
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: NSA-330, Oryx, Puma HC Mk2, SA 330B, SA 330Ba, SA 330C, SA 330E Puma HC1, SA 330F, SA 330G, SA 330H, SA 330J and SA 330L
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 532 Cougar, AS 532SC Cougar, EC225e, H215, H225 and H225M
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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 Puma helicopters ordered by the French Army received the SA 330B name. The SA 330C designation refers to export models and SA 330E Puma HC1 was the name assigned to RAF aircraft. The SA 330H or SA 330Ba is a version well suited for hot climate and high altitude operations. The Puma helicopters are powered by two Turbomeca Turmo IVC turboshafts each rated at 1,575-shp. These engines drive a four-bladed main rotor and a five-blade tail rotor. The SA 330F is a passenger version and the SA 330G is a freight variant. The final production standards introduced by Aerospatiale are the SA 330L and SA 330J for military and civil customers respectively. SA 330 aircraft production ceased in 1987 paving the way for the Super Puma variant. The NSA-300 is a version produced for Indonesia by IPTN and Oryx is a Makila-powered upgraded version of Puma which entered service in South Africa in 1988.

SA 330 Puma Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Stretchers: 6
Tail Rotor Blades: 5
Troops: 20
Main Rotor Disc Area: 177 square meter
Height: 5.14 meter (16.9 foot)
Length: 18.2 meter (60 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 15 meter
Ceiling: 19,685 foot (6,000 meter)
Hovering Ceiling: 13,940 foot (4,249 meter)
Max Range: 572 kilometer (309 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,150 shp (2,350 kW)
Climb Rate: 1,810 fpm (9.23 mps)
Cruise Speed: 271 kph (168 mph)
Empty Weight: 3,615 kilogram (7,970 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 7,405 kilogram (16,325 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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SA 330 Puma News

There are 4 news between
19 Dec 2008 and 23 Jun 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011Upgraded Puma Mk2 Helicopter for the UK Royal Air Force Makes its First Flight
Tuesday, February 16, 2010Eurocopter Super Puma/Cougar/EC225 Helicopter Family Marks Four Million Flight Hours
Tuesday, September 29, 2009Eurocopter and UK MoD Sign Contract for RAF Puma Life Extension Program
Friday, December 19, 2008Eurocopter and UK Ministry of Defence Sign Through-Life Support Contract for Royal Air Force Puma and Gazelle Helicopters

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