SA.316B Alouette III

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This page is about the French utility helicopter SA.316B Alouette III. For other uses, see Alouette (Family).
SA.316B Alouette III
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SA.316B Alouette III
AB RB SB
9.0 8.3 9.0
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Purchase:550 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The SA.316B Alouette III is a rank V French utility helicopter with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/SB) and 8.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 0 m185 km/h
Max altitude2 300 m
EngineTurbomeca Artouste IIC6 turboshaft
Power570 hp
Take-off weight2 t

Describe how the helicopter behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock ___ ___ 2300
Upgraded ___ ___

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural310 km/h
Gear320 km/h

Examine the survivability of the helicopter. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 620 → 2 172 Sl icon.png
RB6 050 → 8 113 Sl icon.png
SB6 700 → 8 984 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications288 000 Rp icon.png
855 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training160 000 Sl icon.png
Experts550 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces830 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
140 / 320 / 510 % Sl icon.png
208 / 208 / 208 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
29 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
86 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
71 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods cd 98 main rotor.png
Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
71 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Research:
29 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
86 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Research:
65 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
190 000 Sl icon.png
580 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
71 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
93 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
280 000 Sl icon.png
830 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Suspended armament

Number of setups1
List of setups
Setup 14 x AS.11 missiles
Main article: AS.11

The SA.316B Alouette III can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 4 x AS.11 missiles

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in a helicopter, the features of using the helicopter in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in the bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".

Pros:

  • Carries air to surface missiles that are deadly against ground targets at mid range

Cons:

  • No guns for close combat
  • Zero armor and slow speed

History

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.

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the helicopter;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Bibliography

  • Military Factory - Aerospatiale Alouette III: website
  • AIRPOWER19 - Aerospatiale SA.316B Alouette III: website
Aérospatiale
Utility  SA.313B Alouette II · SA.316B Alouette III · SA.341F Gazelle · SA.342M Gazelle
Export  ▀SA.313B Alouette II

France helicopters
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