License built version of the SA 315B Lama, the Cheetah has a gross weight of 2,300 kg; MTOW with a slung load is 1,850 kg.  The aircraft can be equipped with an agricultural spray kit, making the MTOW 1,950 kg.  Also, the helicopter has a passenger capacity of 3 plus the crew.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Sud-Aviation

Primary manufacturer: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

Parent type: Sud Alouette III

Aircraft status: Status unknown


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 1-2

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Skids

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 3.09 m 10.1 ft
Overall Length: 12.91 m 42.4 ft
Overall Width: 11.00 m 36.1 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 10.23 m 33.6 ft
Airframe Width:  
Airframe Height:  
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base:  
Landing Gear Track: 2.38 m 7.8 ft
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height: 1.28 m 4.2 ft
Cabin Internal Length: 2.10 m 6.9 ft
Cabin Internal Width: 1.40 m 4.6 ft

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Cruise Speed: 190 km/h; Max Speed: 210 km/h;

Max Gross Weight (ground): 1,750 kg 3,858 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 1,750 kg 3,858 lb
Empty Weight: 995 kg 2,194 lb
Useful Load: 755 kg 1,664 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.569
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb:  
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE: 4,350 m 14,272 ft
Hover Ceiling OGE: 3,900 m 12,795 ft
Max Level Flight Speed:  
Never Exceed Speed: 150 km/h 81 kts
Service Ceiling: 7,000 m 22,966 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range: 560 km 302 nm
Max Endurance: 3 hrs 3 hrs

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 1
Designation: Turbomeca Artouste IIIB turbine
Manufacturer: Turbomeca
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated: 650 kW 871 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 11.00 m 36.09 ft
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Hub Type:
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord: 0.350 m 1.15 ft
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 3
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 95.03 m² 1023.0 ft²
Disc Loading: 18.41 kg/m² 3.772 lb/ft²
Solidity: 0.0608
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade: 1.92 m² 20.7 ft²
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 1.91 m 6.27 ft
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades: 3
Blade Construction:  
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 2.87 m² 30.8 ft²
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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