Military modification of the Airbus Helicopters H160M helicopter for the French armed forces
On 27 May 2019, French Defense Minister Florence Parley, during a visit to the head office of the Airbus Helicopters (Airbus group) in Marignane, announced that Helicoptère Interarmées Léger (HIL) would be launched in 2021.
Florence Parley was shown a full-size model of the Airbus Helicopters H160M “Guépard” helicopter, which was chosen as the main procurement for the French armed forces under this program.
The HIL program provides for the purchase for all three types of French armed forces of 169 new multi-purpose helicopters to replace the current fleet of Gazelle, Fennec, Dauphin, Panther and Alouette III helicopters, as well as parts of Puma helicopters.
The French Armed Forces should receive the first Airbus Helicopters H160M “Guépard” helicopters by 2026.