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.
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.
SA 3200 Frelon : Prototype. SA 321 : Pre-production aircraft. Four built. SA 321G : Anti-submarine warfare version for the French Navy. SA 321Ga : Utility and assault transport helicopter for the French Navy. SA 321GM : Export version for Libya, fitted with an Omera ORB-32WAS radar. SA 321H : Export version for Iraq, powered by three Turbomeca Turmo IIIE turboshaft engines, fitted with an Omera ORB-31D search radar, and armed with Exocet anti-ship missiles. SA 321F : Commercial airline helicopter. SA 321J : Commercial transport helicopter. SA 321Ja : Improved version of the SA.321J. SA 321K : Export version for Israel. SA 321L : Export version for South Africa. SA 321M : Search and rescue, utility transport helicopter for Libya. Changhe Z-8 : Chinese built version. Changhe Z-8A : army transport Changhe Z-8F: Chinese built version with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6B-67A turboshaft engines