SA 316B Alouette III
|This page is about the French utility helicopter SA 316B Alouette III. For other versions, see Alouette (Family).|
The SA 316B Alouette III is a rank V French utility helicopter with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB), 8.3 (RB), and 9.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
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Survivability and armour
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Modifications and economy
The SA 316B Alouette III can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- 4 x AS.11 missiles
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Carries air-to-surface missiles that are deadly against ground targets at mid-range
- No guns for close combat
- No choice in armament options
- No armour and slow speed
Built off of the successful SA.313B Alouette II, the SA.316B Alouette III has been a proven and reliable airframe much like its predecessor. Developed by Sud-Aviation and later built by Aerospatiale, the larger SA.316A took its maiden flight on February 28, 1959, with production following in 1961. Production of the initial variant lasted until 1968 when it was eventually replaced by the SA.316B model. Powered by the Turbomeca Artouste IIIB outputting 570 HP, the Alouette III has incredible power at high altitudes, and has been an invaluable asset in militaries as a light-transport helicopter as well as search & rescue services throughout the world. With its larger size and excellent all-around visibility from the enclosed, rounded glass cockpit as well as the more powerful engine it proved invaluable as a light-attack helicopter as well. Some mission-specific armament can include mounting of a 7.62 mm machine gun on a tripod fitted to the right-side doorway, 20 mm cannon affixed to the left side as well as 2-4 AS.11 anti-tank missiles or 2 Mk.44 torpedoes as required.
The SA.316B was produced in France from 1961 until 1985 when French factories were shut down, although production continues as of 2021 by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as the Chetak, extending the service life of the Alouette III in multiple militaries well into the future with new parts continuing to be manufactured under the HAL name. Many air forces over the years have claimed usefulness of the SA.316B including France, Argentina, India, and Austria, including some former operators are South Vietnam, Yugoslavia, and Upper Volta to name a few. Notably, Argentina was seen using them in the Falklands war in 1982, with one having been present on the deck of the ARA General Belgrano (formerly the USS Phoenix (CL-46) in US Navy service) during her sinking at the hands of the HMS Conqueror (S48) Churchill-class nuclear submarine. Although it has been retired in service with France, the helicopter is still seen flying in militaries around the world, and will continue to be seen well into 2022 and beyond providing light-attack as well as transport roles whenever needed.
- [Devblog] SA.316B Alouette III: The High-Flying Skylark
- [Military Factory] Aerospatiale Alouette III
|Utility||SA 313B Alouette II · SA 316B Alouette III · SA.341F Gazelle · SA.342M Gazelle|
|Export||▀SA 313B Alouette II · HKP2 · SA.342L Gazelle|
|Attack||▄H-34 · EC-665 Tiger HAD · EC-665 Tiger HAP|
|Utility||IAR 316B · SA 313B Alouette II · SA 316B Alouette III · SA.341F Gazelle · SA.342M Gazelle|