The AS 332 Super Puma is a transport or military helicopter (Cougar) manufactured by Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter or Aérospatiale). Since the first flight on 13 September 1978, about 600 units have been built to date and are in service in about 38 countries.
A Swiss Air Force Super Puma will be in the Flying Display at AIRPOWER19. The Super Puma – also called 06 (TH06) transport helicopters – are heavy workers in Switzerland. They transport people and material after domestic or international natural disasters, are used for rapid troop relocation, help with the search for missing persons, or extinguish forest fires. A wide range of additional equipment is available for these tasks. Due to its low dead weight, the Super Puma can lift up to 18 people, 4,000kg of external load, or 4,000 liters of extinguishing water to mountainous altitudes with the help of its two 1,185kW MAKILA engines. There is space for six stretchers in the variant converted into an ambulance helicopter.
Facts & Figures
Manufacturer Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter or Aérospatiale)
Rotor diameter 15.6m
Kerb weight 4,800kg
Lifting capacity (external load) 4,000kg
Max. Flight time 3 hours
Cruise speed 240km/h
Max. Operating ceiling 6,000m
Engines 2x Tubomeca Makila shaft turbines
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