Aérospatiale Super Frelon
|Type||Helicopter, Amphibious helicopter, Heavy-lift aircraft, Military aircraft, Military transport aircraft|
|Configuration||Tricycle landing gear aircraft, Fixed gear aircraft|
|Propulsion||Three-engine aircraft, Turboprop aircraft|
|Manufacturer||Sud Aviation, Aérospatiale|
The Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon is a heavy transport helicopter produced by Aérospatiale of France. The helicopter is still in use in China where the locally produced version is known as the Z-8. "Frelon" is French for a large European hornet.
Both civilian and military versions of the Super Frelon were built, with the military variants being the most numerous by far, entering service with the French military as well as being exported to Israel, South Africa, Libya, China and Iraq.
Three military variants were produced: military transport, anti-submarine and anti-ship.
The transport version is able to carry 38 equipped troops, or alternatively 15 stretchers for casualty evacuation tasks.
The Naval anti-submarine and anti-ship variants are usually equipped with a navigation and search radar (ORB-42), and a 50 metre rescue cable. They are most often fitted with a 20 mm cannon, counter-measures, night vision, a laser designator and a Personal Locator System. It can also be refueled in flight.