Aerospatiale AS532 Cougar

1st Flight 1977

Military Users-

Albanian Air Force, Brazilian Army, Bulgarian Air Force, Chilean Army, Chilean Navy, French Army, German Air Force, Royal Netherlands Air Force, Royal Saudi Air Force, Royal Saudi Navy, Slovenian Air Force, Spanish Army, Swiss Air Force, Turkish Air Force, Turkish Army, Uzbekistan Air Force, Air Force of Zimbabwe.

AS532 Cougar

The Eurocopter AS532 Cougar (now Airbus Helicopters H215M) is a twin-engine, medium-weight, multi-purpose helicopter developed by France.

The AS532 is a development and upgrade of the Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma in its militarized form.

AS532 Cougar

Its civilian counterpart is the Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma.

The AS532 has been further developed as the Eurocopter EC725.

The AS332 Super Puma, designed as a growth version to replace the SA 330 Puma, first flew in September 1977.

AS532 Cougar

It was fitted with two 1,330 kW Turbomeca Makila 1A1 turbo-shaft engines, composite rotor blades, improved landing gear and a modified tailfin.

In 1990 all military Super Puma designations were changed from “AS 332” to “AS 532 Cougar” to distinguish between the civil and military variants of the helicopter.

In 2012 France began a €288.8m project (€11.1m/unit) to upgrade 23 Army Cougars and 3 for the Air Force to address obsolescence issues and to deliver similar avionics to their EC225 and EC725 helicopters.

AS532 Cougar


Crew: 2

Capacity: 20 troops / 4,650 kg (10,251 lb) payload

Length: 15.53 m (50 ft 11 in)

Height: 4.92 m (16 ft 2 in)

Empty weight: 4,350 kg (9,590 lb)

Max take off weight: 9,000 kg (19,842 lb)

AS532 Cougar

Power plant: 2 × Turbomeca Makila 1A1 turbo-shaft engines, 1,185 kW (1,589 hp) each

Main rotor diameter: 15.6 m (51 ft 2 in)

Main rotor area: 206 m2 (2,220 sq ft)


Maximum speed: 249 km/h (155 mph, 134 kn)

Cruise speed: 239 km/h (149 mph, 129 kn)

Never exceed speed: 278 km/h (173 mph, 150 kn)

Range: 573 km (356 mi, 309 nmi)

Service ceiling: 3,450 m (11,320 ft)

Rate of climb: 7.2 m/s (1,420 ft/min)

AS532 Cougar


Aeroscopia Museum, Toulouse, France

Helicopters: An Illustrated History of Their Impact-Stanley McGowen

Jane’s pocket guide: Modern military helicopters- Tim Ripley


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