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SA 330 Puma
AS 532 Cougar

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ModelAS 532 CougarEC725
Country of Origin France/Germany
RoleArmed transport
Similar AircraftSuper Frelon, HH-3E Jolly Green Giant, SH-3 Sea King, CH-53 Sea Stallion, Mi-8 Hip, UH-60 Black Hawk
Date of Introduction 1981
Blades Main rotor: 4
Tail rotor: 5, 4 (U2/A2)
Rotor Diameter Main Rotor :
14 m (Puma)
15.6-16.2 m (U2/A2)
Tail Rotor : 3.1-3.2 m (U2/A2)
16.2 m;
Length 18.7-19.5 m (U2/A2) (rotors turning)
15.5 m (UC/AC),
16.3 m (UL/AL),
16.8 m (U2/A2) (fuselage)
19.50 m
Height 4.6 m4.6 m
Width 3.6-3.8 m (U2/A2)
Cargo Compartment Floor Length: 6.5 m (AC/UC), 6.8 m (UL/AL), 7.9 m (U2/A2)
Width: 1.8 m
Height: 1.5
Empty Weight 4,330 kg (UC/AC), 4,460 kg (UL/AL), 4,760 kg (U2/A2) 5,715 kg 12,600 lb
Normal Takeoff Weight8,600 kg (Mk I), 9,300 kg (Mk II)
Max gross weight 9,000 kg (Mk I), 9,750 kg (Mk II) 11,000 kg / 24,250 lbs
Maximum operational weight with external load 11,200 kg / 24,700 lbs
Useful load 5,285 kg 11,651 lb
Internal Payload 3,000 kg 5,337 kg / 11,764 lbs
Troop transport20-29 troops 2 pilots + 1 chief of stick + 28 seats
VIP transport 2 pilots + 8 to 12 passengers
Casualty evacuation 6-12 litters (variant dependant) 2 pilots + up to 11 stretchers + 4 seats
Max cargo sling load 4,500 kg 4,750 kg / 10,472 lbs
Standard fuel capacity 2,247 kg 4,954 lb
Engine 2 x Turbomeca Makila 1A1 turboshaft 2 Turbomeca Makila 2A1
Maximum emergency power [each]1,877-shp (O.E.I) 1,776 kW / 2,382 shp
Take-off power per engine 1,567 kW 2,101 shp
Maximum speed (Vne) 275 km/h (Mk I), 325 km/h (Mk II) 324 km/h 175 kts
Fast cruise speed (at MTOW) 262 km per hr / 141 kts
Cruising speed 249-270 km/h 262 km/h 142 kts
operational environments from - 45C (- 49F) up to + 50C (122F).
Maximum endurance 6.30 hrs not including Air to Air Refuelling capability
Endurance without reserve > 4 h 20 min @ 148 km/h-80 kts
Range 769 km-416 n.m.
800 km-432 n.m AS 532 UL/AL
Normal Load: 620 km (UC/AC), 840 km (UL/AL), 800 km (U2/A2)
With Aux Fuel: 1,017 km (UC/AC), 1, 245 km (UL/AL), 1,176 km (U2/A2)
1,339 km / 723 nm (at 5,000 ft)
909 km 491 nm
without reserve at Economical Cruise Speed
Fuel Internal: 1,497 liters (UC/AC), 2,000 liters (UL/AL), 2,020 liters (U2/A2)
Internal Aux Tank: 475 liters ea. (4x Mk I, 5xMk II)
Service Ceiling 4,100 m(Vz=0.508m/s = 100ft/mn) 3,968 m 13,019 ft
Hover out of ground effect: 1,650 m (Mk I), 1,900 m (Mk II)
in ground effect: 2,800 m (Mk I), 2,540 m (Mk II)
792 m 2,600 ft
OGE at ISA, MTOW, take-off power
Vertical Climb Rate 7 m/s5.4 m/s 1,064 ft per min
  • 7.65-mm MG
  • 2 - 20-mm twin gun pods
  • 2 - 68-mm rocket pods (22 each)
  • 2 - 2.75-in rocket pods (19 each)
  • 600 liters External fuel tanks
The Mk I variants may employ 2x 7.65-mm machine guns on pintle-mounts in the cabin doors when employed in a transport role. The armed versions have side-mounted 20-mm machineguns and/or axial pods fitted with 68-mm rocket launchers.
Survivability/Countermeasures Main and tail rotor blades electrically deiced. A radar warning receiver is standard, while a laser warning receiver, missile launch detector, missile approach detector, infrared jammer, decoy launcher, and flare/chaff dispensers are optionally available.
  • Protection Against 7.62 or 12.7 mm
  • Crew cockpit protection: armoured and energy absorbing crew seats
  • Armour plating in the cabin: either collective floor and walls or individual armour plating carpets
  • Radar warning receiver
  • Missile approach warning system
  • Laser warning receiver
  • Chaff / Flare dispensers
  • IR signature divided by 10
  • Self sealing Fuel tanks and crashworthy fuel tanks
  • Multi Purpose Air Intakes, Sand and ice protection
  • Blades multibox structure Bullet impact resistant
  • Special equipment Armour plates for the cargo, PLS (Personal Locator System), GPS (Global Positioning System), chaff/flare dispensers, RWR (radar warning receiver), MWS (Missile approach warning system)
    AVIONICS The aircraft is NVG compatible, and through its instruments, avionics, full autopilot, and nav computer, is capable of operation in day, night, and instrument meteorological conditions.
    Crew 2 (pilots)
    User CountriesAt least 38 countries : Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chad, Chile, China, Djibouti, Ecuador, France, Gabon, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates, UK, Zaire

    AEO All Engines Operative
    AFCS Automatic Flight Control System
    CAI Computer Aided Instruction
    CRM Crew Ressource Management
    EEZ Exclusive Economic Zone
    FADEC Full Authority Digital Engine Control
    GPS Global Positioning System
    IFR Instrumental Flight Rules
    IR Infrared
    ISA International Standard Atmosphere
    MCP Maximum Continuous Power
    MTOW Maximum Takeoff Weight
    NOE Nap Of the Earth
    TCAS Traffic Collision and Avoidance System
    VCPT Virtual Cockpit Procedures Trainer
    NVG Night Vision Goggles
    OEI One Engine Inoperative
    OGE Out of Ground Effect
    SAR Search and Rescue
    SL Sea Level
    VNE Never Exceed Speed

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