The Eurocopter AS532 Cougar is a twin-engined, medium-weight, multipurpose helicopter developed by France. The AS532 is a development and upgrade of the Aérospatiale Puma in its militarized form. (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. It was fitted with two 1330 kW Turbomeca Makila 1A1 turboshaft 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.

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Eurocopter AS 532 U2 Cougar

used by the Koninklijke Luchtmacht, the Royal Netherlands AF.

1. Royal Netherlands Air Force, code S-454, delivered May 1997

Medium transport helicopter in low tone grey camouflage , photographed at Texel Airfield.

Photographed July 2008 by Cees Hendriks and Copyright IPMS Nederland,

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2. Royal Netherlands Air Force, code S-445, delivered May 1997

Medium transport helicopter in medium grey scheme, photographed at Gilze Rijen AB.

Photographed  July 2010 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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3. Royal Netherlands Air Force, code S-419, delivered May 1997

Medium transport helicopter in 3-tone camouflage scheme, photographed at Gilze Rijen AB.

Photographed July 2010 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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4. Royal Netherlands Air Force, Cougar S-445, delivered May 1997

Seen here at Leeuwarden AB in 2011.

Photographed by Cees Henriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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5. AS 532 of the Royal Netherlands AF photographed at Gilze Rijen AB, June 2014.

Photographed by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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and a Cougar with various open hatches seen in a hangar....

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Scale Models

In 1/72 scale various models are available like those of Revell and Italeri, but they need some changes for a Dutch Cougar. Check out the website of Meindert, one of our IPMS members....

In 1/32 no scale model of the Cougar is available, but you can look at a Puma conversion here on our member Meindert's  site....

This walk around page was originally created January 2012 by M. de Vreeze