Procurement: Puma In Africa

Archives

November 28, 2016: In October 2016 the Central African nation of Mali received the first of two H215 Super Puma transport helicopters bought from AirBus. The second one will arrive by the end of the year. The Puma and Super Puma have long been popular helicopters in Africa. The H215is similar to the American UH-60 and Russian Mil-17 and until late 2015 the H215 was known as the AS232 Super Puma. The nine ton, twin engine, H215 can carry up to 25 passengers or four tons of cargo. Top speed is 277 kilometers an hour, cruise speed is 247 kilometers an hour and endurance is 3-4 hours. H215s cost about $17 million each. This is a civilian version of the Super Puma, and is primarily used for search and rescue. The AS232 entered service in the early 1980s and has been bought by dozens of nations for civilian and military use.

Originally introduced by a French firm as the Puma in the late 1960s, it was the European answer to the American UH-1 “Huey” (and the civilian model the Bell 204) that appeared in the late 1950s and revolutionized helicopter design with its use of more efficient gas turbine engines and many other subsequent innovations. The Bell 204/5 ad UH-1 is still in wide use even though production ceased in the 1980s.

 


Article Archive

Procurement: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close