Romania receives modernised IAR-330 Puma Naval helicopters
Romania's IAR Brasov announced on 17 December that it had delivered the third IAR-330 Puma Naval to the Romanian Ministry of Defence, completing a modernisation process on the navy's three Puma helicopters that lasted 10 years.
During the last stage of the modernisation, between 2013 and 2015, the helicopters were fitted with torpedo launchers, extending their operability to anti-submarine warfare. The Pumas had previously been fitted in 2012 with two machine guns, of 7.62 mm and 12.7 mm respectively, for anti-piracy operations. The helicopters can also be used in anti-surface warfare operations, as well as for transport, surveillance, or search-and-rescue missions. janes