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Sud-Aviation Alouette III
Sud-Aviation Alouette III. A photo. Characteristics.

Sud-Aviation Alouette III


Sud-Aviation Alouette III (French Lark) - French multipurpose helicopter.

Designed by SudAviation (renamed Aérospatiale, then in- EurocopterFrance) based multipurpose helicopter AlouetteII. The first sample was tested in 1959, then the helicopter was made in several different versions. The helicopter has a single-rotor design, tail rotor and tricycle landing gear. By 1984 1453 92 copies sold in the country.


Sud-Aviation Alouette III photo. 2

Sud-Aviation Alouette III photo.


Produced under license:

  • in Indii- called "Chetak" issued «HindustanAeronauticsLtd.» companies in Bangalore (200 copies);
  • in Rumynii- manufactured by «ICABrasov» called IAR316 in 1971-1987 (130 copies);
  • in Shveytsarii- company «F + WEmmen» (60 copies).


Sud-Aviation Alouette III Photo salon.

Sud-Aviation Alouette III Photo salon.


Modifications and options:

  • SE3160- preproduction prototype version 1959;
  • SA316A- first production version 1960;
  • SA316B- modification with the motor TurbomécaArtousteIIIB;
  • SA316C- modification with the motor TurbomecaArtousteIIID, released in limited quantities;
  • SA319B- modification with the motor Turboméca Astazou XIV;
  • SA3164AlouetteCanon- combat helicopter 1964


Sud-Aviation Alouette III photo

Sud-Aviation Alouette III photo


Features helicopter Sud-Aviation Alouette III:


  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • The greatest number of passengers: 6
  • Capacity: 750kg on suspension
  • Length: 12,84m
  • The diameter of the rotor: 11,02m
  • The diameter of the tail rotor: 1,91m
  • Height: 3,0m
  • The area swept rotor: 95,38kv.m
  • Track chassis 2,6m
  • Empty weight: 1122kg
  • The highest take-off weight: 2200kg
  • Volume of fuel tanks: 575l
  • Powerplant: 1 × turboshaft TurbomecaArtousteIIIB
  • Rate of climb: 4,33m / s
  • The load on the drive: 23kg / sq.m
  • Maximum speed: 210km / h
  • The speed at FL: 185km / h


Engine power:

  • 1 × 870l.s. (1 × 649kVt)
  • Power reduced to 570l.s. (425kVt)


Practical range:
at the ground: 480km
at the optimum height: 540km


Service ceiling:

  • 3200m


Static ceiling:

  • using ground effect: 2880m
  • without the use of ground effect: 1520m


Gunnery: (optional)

  • 1 × 20mm gun MG151 / 20 480 with bullets or
  • 1 × 7,62mm gun with AA-52 1000 cartridges
  • Guided Missiles: 4 × AS.11 or 2 × AS.12
  • Unguided rockets: 4 × PU ThomsonBrandt 6822 c 22h68mm or 6832 or 32 with 68h6812mm with 12h68mm NAR
  • Torpedoes: 2 × anti Mk44 / 46


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