Aerospatiale (Westland) SA 330 Puma
◄ Still in active service
Franco deployed Pumas to the former Yugoslavia for use by the U. N. This example fires solf-protoctton flares.
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A Japanese civil SA 330 with flotation gear fitted to the nose and sponsons. This would inflato if the aircraft ditched.
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Onco the Puma had boon equipped with radar for nightfall – weather flying, operators In the oil industry became valued customers. Bnstow Helicopters supports rigs in the North Sea.
SA 330Js and Ls woro the first Western helicopters certified for all-weather night Including operations in icing conditions.
Aerospatiale replaced the Puma with the more powerful Super Puma from 1981.
In the 1982 Falklands War Argentina used Pumas to movo radars from site to site.
The RAF"s Pumas have given over 30 years’ service.
The Puma prototype had two 970-kW (1.300-hp.) engines; SA 330Ls have two with 1175kW (1.575 hp.) power.
Romanian Pumas have boon armed with 9M14 (AT-3) anti-tank missiles.