AS332 Super Puma Helicopter

AS332 Super Puma Helicopter

Super Puma is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-size utility helicopter. Originally designed and built by Aérospatiale. It marketed for both civil and military use.

Role : Medium Utility Helicopter
Manufacturer : Aérospatiale, Eurocopter
First flight : 13 September 1978
Status : Active
Primary user : CHC Helicopter
Unit cost : US $15.5 million (2006)
Developed from : Aérospatiale Puma
Variants : Eurocopter AS 532, Eurocopter EC225

The Super Puma first flew on 13 September 1978. The type has proved immensely successful, chosen by 37 military forces around the world, and some 1,000 civil operators. The Super Puma has proved especially well-suited to the North Sea oil industry, where it is used to ferry personnel and equipment to and from oil platforms.

A wide variety of Super Puma specialised military variants are in use, including dedicated Search and rescue (SAR) and Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) versions. Since 1990, military Super Pumas have been marketed as the AS532 Cougar.

AS332 Super Puma Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 19
  • Length: 16.29 m (53.44 ft)
  • Rotor diameter: 15.6 m (51.18 ft)
  • Height: 4.80 m (15.09 ft)
  • Empty weight: 4,500 kg (9,920 lb)
  • Useful load: 4,100 kg (9,040 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 8,600 kg (18,960 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2× Turbomeca Makila 1A1 turboshaft, 1,300 kW (1,742 shp) each

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 278 km/h @ 8,600 kg gross (150 kt)
  • Maximum speed: 262 km/h @ 8,600 kg gross (141 kt)
  • Cruise speed: 252 km/h @ 8,600 kg gross (136 kt)
  • Range: 841 km @ 8,600 kg gross (454 nm)
  • Service ceiling: 6,100 m (20,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 8.2 m/s @ 70 kt & 8,600 kg gross (1,620 ft/m @ 70 kt)
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