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A cabin big enough to accommodate 24 passengers on standard seats is clearly big enough to earn- smaller numbers in much greater comfort. Aerospatiale has exploited the possibility in a big way, and claims to have created the market for VIP helicopters by combining the versatility of rotary-wing flight with the all the comforts of a business jet.

The Prestige range of VIP interiors offers luxuriously upholstered seating in a single nine-seat cabin, or separate compartments with four seats forward and another eight aft, along with such amenities as a bar, individual video screens and telephones.

Super Pumas and Cougars are used to transport no fewer than 25 heads of state, and more than 50 VIP versions are in service. Apart from the 8m long cabin, the type's attractions include low noise and vibration levels and large windows along with high performance and long range.

Other roles have included supporting the United Nations peace-keeping force in Mozambique. The Super Puma is well suited to operations in Africa, where it is able to take off with full tanks even in temperatures of 30°C.

R.Jackson "Helicopters. Military, Civilian, and Rescue Rotorcraft", 2005

Aerospatiale AS.332 "Super Puma"

The design of this derivative of the SA.330 Puma commenced in 1974 and the definitive prototype was preceded by a modified Puma, the AS.331, which flew in September 1977 with an uprated transmission driven by two Turbomeca Makila turboshafts. The first AS.332 flew on 13 September 1978 and introduced a number of further changes to improve payload, performance and survivability, and to reduce maintenance.

These changes included a new energy-absorbing landing gear with increased wheel base and track, a lengthened nose section, more efficient fiberglass main and tail rotors, greater fuel capacity, and revised fin and tail plane contours to improve handling. Subsequently in 1980 a fourth prototype introduced a cabin stretch of 0.76m with two additional windows and accommodation for up to three more passengers.

There are currently five main versions of the Super Puma, based on short and long fuselage variants. The AS.332B is the standard military version, which to date has been supplied to Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Chile and Spain, whilst the AS.332F is a naval variant armed with two Exocet missiles for antishipping duties. The civil equivalent of these two short fuselage variants is the AS.332C. The two stretched variants are the AS.332M military transport and the AS.332L civil version. The latter has become popular with offshore support operators, particularly in the North Sea where six major operators had the type in service at the beginning of 1984. This included 34 aircraft with Bristow Helicopters, redesignated Tigers to signify equipment differences from the standard AS.332L.

Orders for 150 Super Pumas had been received by late 1983, including license-built aircraft being assembled by Nurtanio of Indonesia.

G.Apostolo "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Helicopters", 1984


- The first flight of the AS 332 Super Puma was on 13 September 1978. Service entry occurred in 1981.

- Civilian Super Pumas have the capacity to seat 24 passengers.

- Luxury variants have been developed to fill the VIP transport role.

- In the event of a mishap, the Super Puma is able to land on water because of the fitting of emergency flotation bags.

- One variant, the AS 332L, has more than 70 examples in civilian service.

- Super Pumas are widely used as transports for oil exploration support.

- Petroleum Helicopters, the world's largest user of helicopters, uses Pumas and Super Pumas.

- About 420 Super Puma/Cougar helicopters have been built, about half of them used by civil operators.

- The military Puma variant, the AS 532 Cougar, is used by 32 countries.

- The Super Puma Mk II introduced new main and tail rotors and transmission.

Technical data for AS.332B "Super Puma"

Crew: 2-3, engine: 2 x Turbomeca "Makila" 1A1 turboshaft, rated at 1380kW, main rotor diameter: 16.50m, fuselage length: 15.53m, height: 4.92m, take-off weight: 9000kg, max internal payload: 2722kg, max external payload: 4500kg, cruising speed: 262km/h, hovering ceiling, OGE: 2300m, hovering ceiling, IGE: 3100m, range: 618km

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Alonza, e-mail, 02.03.2021reply

The development criteria for the Super Puma first took into account the request from Puma operators for improved safety. The mechanical design and the appearance of anti-crash fuel tanks, for example, offered military users new guarantees in terms of survivability and, in time, all the customers of the range would benefit from these improvements.

Cesar, e-mail, 13.06.2016reply


I have a AS 332 B1 TSN 2400hrs. Ex Chilean Army. ready to put in service or part out

Rengga, e-mail, 24.09.2014reply

I'd like to know if you have information regarding the user of AS332 Superpuma, both civilian and military. Since my company now is marketing for simulator AS332 Superpuma in Indonesia. Thank you.

Arnold Miller, e-mail, 06.08.2010reply

Looking for MK2 and 6 spares and parts for procurement in Florida USA.

Thank You

Ginanjar, e-mail, 07.10.2010reply

Great , we have Super Puma As332c and we have a lot requirement spares to be back up especially for engine accecories.
Kindly please show us your stock availability.


Saleh Aoude, e-mail, 05.04.2011reply

Hi, Looking for spare parts for PUMA & GAZELLE Helicopters.
Can you provide a quote??

Freeeman, e-mail, 14.04.2011reply

Please where can I have opportunity to do conversion training on Super Puma AS332B as a pilot. Am a qualified helicopter pilot already. Need urgent reply. Freeman.

MariaG, e-mail, 06.03.2013reply

I would like to know the size of the main rotor blade chord, and the airfoil info. Thanks

zainal, e-mail, 16.12.2011reply

PN: 330A31-1222-14, Shaft Asy Main Rotor, 3ea
PN: 330A31-1626-00, Support Asy , 1ea
Very interested to buy. Send the ppw ond /or pictures /

Anya Sapphira, e-mail, 16.04.2012reply

Looking for:
E 31ABMI, Force Link Pitch and Roll, NE, 1 ea
704A44-5001-17 /332A55-0103-02 /-03 ALT.1797605, Fuel Cell Rear, NE, 1 ea
4001670-2511, Radar Display, NE, 1 ea
071-01330-0003 ALT. 4000-831-0103, Radar Transceiver, NE, 1 ea
597-2094-101, HF Coupler, NE, 1 ea
113-97X2-62-20B8, Oring, NE, 4 ea
61268, Relay Junction Box Hoist, NE, 1 ea
ASNA0032-397, Clamp, NE, 2 ea
0301527940 /0301528020, NTL Harness, NE, 1 ea
MS28775-118, Oring, NE, 4 ea
6114GAA12B10SN, Connector, NE, 2 ea
332A67-1310-112, Cable Bundle, NE, 1 ea
6100GAA14B19SW, Connector, NE, 2 ea
098825040 /0298825040, Liaison Tube AC, NE, 1 ea

akbar, e-mail, 21.05.2012reply

I have 2 Turmo IVC engine in serviceable condition. Our helicopter is now flying (last fly 15 /03 /2012).

1) S /N : 739 Hrs. 2343.55 Cycles : 3352.05
2) S /N : 1686 Hrs. 1521.69 Cycles 2201.55
Package price is : US$ 550,000

my riza, e-mail, 30.07.2012reply

I HAVE IGB MKII PN 332A35-0010-00

Yousuf, e-mail, 17.04.2013reply

I am looking for Turmo IV C engine container. If any available for sale kindly contact me.

sean nolan, e-mail, 28.11.2009reply

just to say what an awesome piece of kit the puma is.i absailed from one in front of princess anne and worked with them for 12 years,thank you,just brought back some good memories

Fadly, e-mail, 04.11.2009reply


I just want to inform, that our company had stock spare part for SUPER PUMA AS-332, in many kinds, types and condition. also with negotiable price. If interested I will show more detail. Please contact us.

Best Regards,

emmanuel ojogbo, e-mail, 14.09.2009reply

what makes the super puma special,apart from its size?

Ade Oyewole, e-mail, 13.04.2009reply

please i'll like to know if you do refurbishment of super puma, if you do please advice so that we can open a line of discussion.

gio, e-mail, 19.02.2009reply

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Robert, e-mail, 01.12.2008reply

I am interested to know if the mentioned helicopter is still available and at what asking price.

Mr. Moustafa Hassan, e-mail, 09.11.2008reply

I am Moustafa Hassan from Libya,looking for Helicopter supplier to provide charter full time services for offshore oil&gas companies ( on a base run your business and I will assist you on doing so !!) if interested please reply
Thanks in advanse.
Cap. Moustafa Hassan
Sanabel Libya Oil Services,
P O Box 27 /28th March Tobruk,Libya
(00218) 092 808 8073

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