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The Puma is a support helicopter which entered RAF service in 1971. Selection of the design arose from an RAF requirement to replace Belvedere and Whirlwind helicopters then in service and an agreement was signed in 1967 between Westland and the French company Sud Aviation (later known as Aerospatiale) covering licence production of 48 SA.330Es which were to be known as Puma HC1s in RAF service.

Being a close support helicopter they were once a common sight in the skies over BAOR, but after the RAF withdrew from their airfields in Germany the close support helicopters now provide support to troops in the UK and not the 1(UK) Armd Div.