Specifications for the
Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma
Medium Transport / Assault Helicopter
Focus Model: Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale SA 330H Puma
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Aerospatiale - France / Westland - UK
Initial Year of Service: 1969
Crew: 3 + 16
Length: 59.55ft (18.15m)
Width: 49.21ft (15.00m)
Height: 16.86ft (5.14m)
Weight (Empty): 7,796lbs (3,536kg)
Weight (MTOW): 15,432lbs (7,000kg)
Powerplant: 2 x Turbomeca Turmo IVC turboshaft engines generating 1,575shp each and driving main blade and tail blade rotors.
Maximum Speed: 170mph (273kmh; 147kts)
Maximum Range: 360miles (580km)
Service Ceiling: 15,748ft (4,800m; 3.0miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,400 feet per minute (427m/min)
Mission-specific depending on role and operator. May include machine guns and cannons as needed.
Alouette IV - Initial Series Designation
SA 330A - Base Series Designation initially produced by Sud Aviation; eight prototypes.
SA 330B – Initial Production Example Models
SA 330Ba - Designation for SA 330H model when in French service.
SA 330C – Initial Export Variant Model
SA 330E - Basis of HC.Mk 1 RAF model produced by Westland for trials program.
SA 330F - Export Variant
SA 330G - Fitted with Turmo IVC turboshaft engines; production now by Aerospatiale.
SA 330H - Militarized Variant similar to the SA 330G; some standardized from SA 330F models.
SA 330J - Produced with new blade construction; based overall on SA 300G model series; civilian equivalent of "L" model.
SA 330L - Produced with new blade construction; based overall on SA 330H model series; defintive military Puma.
SA 330R - Stretched Fuselage Variant of which only one produced; led to development of SA 332 Super Puma model series.
SA 330S - Portugal model featuring Makila 1 turboshaft engines and composite blades.
SA 330Z - Fitted with fenestron tail rotor assembly; developmental aircraft for SA 360 "Dauphin".
IAR 330L - Romanian-produced Puma based on SA 330L model series; transport variant and gunship variant (fitted with 20mm cannon gunpods and side-mounted launch rails for rockets and missiles).
IAR SOCAT Puma - Nose-mounted FLIR system; 20mm turret cannon; anti-tank missile mounts; based on IAR 330L model series; produced in conjunction with Israeli Elbit corporation.
SA 332 "Super Puma" – First flew in 1978; fitted with de-icing equipment, more powerful engines, single-wheel landing gear systems and new composite main rotor blades.
SA 360 "Dauphin"
HC.Mk 1 - Based on SA 330E model but in RAF service; built under license by Westland; 48 such models produced at Yeovil.
Atlas Oryx - South African-produced indigenous model based on SA 330.
NSA-330 - Indonesian license-produced Puma based on the SA 330L model.
Albania; Argentina; Belgium; Brazil; Cambodia; Cameroon; Chile; Ivory Coast; Ecuador; Ethiopia; France; Gabon; Gambia; Germany (civilian); Guinea; Indonesia; Iran; Kenya; Kuwait; Lebanon; Malawi; Mexico; Morocco; Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Philippines; Protugal; Romania; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain; Sudan; Togo; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States; Venezuela; Zaire