The Cougar series of helicopters are military versions of the Super Puma and come in a range of variants, many armed. This versatile airframe can serve as a troop transport, gunship, anti-submarine helicopter and, in the case of the Mk I UL which is fitted with a radar array beneath the fuselage, can act as a battlefield surveillance platform.
AS 532 Cougar AC
The AS532 Mk1 AC is armed with 2 pintle-mounted 7.62mm machine guns fitted at firing ports behind the cockpit. A common loadout for these ports is the FN MAG/M240/GMPG. Side-mounted pylons can carry machine gun pods, 20mm cannons and 68mm rockets.
The Cougar Mk1 AC can carry 21 fully-laden troops.
AS 532AC COUGAR FEATURES
AS 535 Cougar Mk II A2 RESCO
Designed as a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) bird, the MkII A2 Resco, based around the Cougar Mk2, has greater troop carrying capacity and range than the MkIs. Further improvements to the Couogar have led to the EC725 RESCO which are now in service with the French Armée de l'Air.
The EC725 RESCO is based around the Cougar Mk2 airframe and sports more powerfull Makila 1A4 engines, two-channel full-authority digital engine controls (FADEC), 5 main rotor blades and a host of avionics and other upgrades including:
AS 532AC Cougar Specifications
A French AS 532 Cougar pictured at Le Bourget airport
Photo by Dmottl - used with thanks