IAR S.A. Ghimbav (IAR) was recently awarded the Defence Industry Department’s “Diploma for Excellence.” The Diploma was awarded for the successful completion of the PUMA Naval programme and the results obtained in the production activity.
In the first half of this year, IAR Brasov registered a 52 per cent growth in turnover, a 17.45 per cent growth in exports and a 12-fold growth in gross profit compared to the same period last year. This year the company was successfully floated on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, the value of its shares growing by approximately 416 per cent, making it one of the most successful aerospace companies listed on the stock exchange.
IAR’s helicopters are some of the most complex products and military platforms designed by the national defence industry. Given its technical, tactical and operational capabilities, IAR 330 Puma Naval helicopter is one of the world’s top anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters.
The completion of the Puma Naval programme, through its 2B-2 stage, contributes to the enhancement of the Romanian Naval Forces’ operational capabilities, especially in what concerns the search for, detection of and fight against enemy submarines, independently or jointly, but also anti-ship operations through the use of Sting Ray torpedoes mounted on the side of the IAR 330 Puma Naval helicopter.
Apart from the missions already mentioned, the operational role of the Puma Naval helicopters present onboard the three Romanian frigates (Marasesti, Regele Ferdinand and Regina Maria) includes: reconnaissance, observation, tactical awareness, day and night maritime surveillance, troop transport, search and rescue, combating illegal traffic at sea, logistical transport etc.
The completion of the IAR 330 Puma Naval programme, a Romanian-designed aerial combat platform, has special importance for the modernization and upgrading of the Romanian Naval Forces, for boosting their operational capabilities, especially given the new security context in the Black Sea region.
IAR S.A. Brasov, one of Romania’s main aerospace companies, has a long tradition well-rooted in the history of aviation: 90 years ago, the Industria Aeronautica Romana – “the first Romanian aeroplane company” – was set up in Brasov through Royal Decree. Re-established in 1968 as Intreprinderea de Constructii Aeronautice (a name it kept until 1991), it became the sole Romanian producer of helicopters following its purchase, from France’s Aerospaciale, now part of Airbus Helicopters, of production licences for the Alouette III (1971) and Puma (1974) helicopters.
The company has so far produced and exported to five continents almost one thousand gliders, motor gliders and light-weight airplanes, most of them its own design, as well as 370 Puma and Alouette helicopters in various civilian and military configurations.
IAR S.A. Brasov is ISO 9001 certified and has over 300 employees, including 100 engineers and experienced specialists.
The company currently focuses on periodic maintenance activities, basic repairs and major overhauls for both types of helicopters, but also on the modernization of Puma helicopters.
A first modernization programme, dubbed SOCAT and started in 1995, met the Romanian Air Forces’ operational requirements and transformed the Puma utility helicopter into a day and night all-weather attack helicopter, search and rescue, medevac, troop and cargo transport helic