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                        The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) programme has been brought forward to 2021.

                        HIL Programme

                        The H160M for the French Armed Forces

                        The Joint Light Helicopter (hélicoptère interarmées léger – HIL) programme was approved by the French state to meet two objectives: to replace the five fleets of helicopters that are in service in all three branches of the French armed forces; and to implement overall improvements to maintaining the fleet in operational condition (maintien en condition opérationnelle – MCO). The H160M’s modularity and versatility allow it to cover the entire mission spectrum assigned to the HIL. 

                        The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) programme has been brought forward to 2021.

                        A true multi-role aircraft

                        Weaponised and furnished for light attack operations, the H160M can quickly be reconfigured to perform missions ranging from commando infiltration to air intercept, fire support, and anti-ship warfare; up to two stretchers for search and rescue operations; as well as a fast rope system, cargo hook, and hoist that can equally be used for parapublic missions—a versatile, all-in-one asset for modern militaries.

                        Aircraft

                        A modern platform

                        The first of a new generation of helicopter, the H160M derives from the EASA-certified H160. It benefits from a low cost of operations and optimised flight safety. The H160M incorporates the latest technological achievements in French aeronautics.

                        To ensure a high level of availability while reducing operating costs, the H160M’s support and services needs were taken into account from early in its design phase. Innovative and simplified, the H160M’s support is based on the exploitation of data through analytics.

                        In addition, the H160M can be integrated into a secured digital support environment.

                        Introducing the HIL H160M for the French Armed Forces

                         

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                        Missions

                        Army aviation

                        In its army aviation role, the H160M is the perfect complement to an air-land force, reconnaissance, special forces operations, and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) operations.

                        Naval operations

                        As a naval asset, the H160M is a formidable addition to anti-surface warfare, naval force protection, maritime security, maritime environment monitoring and intelligence, and search and rescue.

                        Air force operations

                        The H160M’s power, range and equipment options make it an ideal aircraft for missions involving national airspace protection and search and rescue.

                         

                        Technical Description

                        Performance

                        Range at VBR, 5000 ft., ISA+20°C with 20 min. reserve

                        848 km

                        Dimensions

                        D-value 15.67 m
                        Rotor diameter 13.4 m

                        Characteristics

                        Crew

                        2 pilots + 5 equipped commandos 

                        or

                        2 pilots + 2 stretchers + 5 soldiers

                        Armament* Cabin mounted

                         7.62 mm Pintle machine gun

                        Pintle sniper rifle

                        Side mounted

                        ANL missile

                        12.7 mm axial machine gun

                        Maximum takeoff weight 6,050 kg

                        Performance

                        Range at VBR, 5000 ft., ISA+20°C with 20 min. reserve

                        458 NM

                        Dimensions

                        D-value  51.41 ft
                        Rotor diameter 43.96 ft

                        Characteristics

                        Crew

                        2 pilots + 5 equipped commandos

                        or

                        2 pilots + 2 stretchers + 5 soldiers

                        Armament* Cabin mounted

                        7.62 mm Pintle machine gun

                        Pintle sniper rifle

                        Side mounted

                        ANL missile

                        12.7 mm axial machine gun

                        Maximum takeoff weight 13,339 lbs

                        *HForce compatible

                        Photos and videos

                        H160M static display ambiance at Paris Air Show 2019 - Day 3    
                        H160M Airbus demonstrator cockpit at Paris Air Show 2019 - Day 3    
                        H160M Airbus demonstrator tail at Paris Airshow 2019 - Day 3    
                        H160M Airbus demonstrator front view at Paris Airshow 2019 - Day 3    
                        H160M Airbus demonstrator at Paris Air Show 2019 - Day 3    
                        H160M French Air Force    
                        H160 French Army    
                        H160 French Navy    
                        Maquette H160M    
                        HIL H160M    
                        French Ministry of the Armed Forces brings development of future Joint Light Helicopter forward    
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                        French Ministry of the Armed Forces brings development of future Joint Light Helicopter forward    
                        Euronaval 2018 – H160M HIL    
                        Interview of Vincent Chenot at Paris Air Show 2019 - Day 3      
                        H160M HIL 3D      
                        H160M HIL STOCKSHOTS      

                        Infographics

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                        H160M Infographic    

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