New Airbus Helicopter H160M Guepard Specification Review – Airbus Helicopters’ H160M is based on the prototype of the H160 X4, the only helicopter in the French Armed Forces that can be used for a variety of missions. The helicopter is set to enter service with the French military in 2026.
New Airbus Helicopter H160M Guepard Specification Review
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The new generation H160M “Gepard” helicopter is a military variant of the “medium twin-engine” (medium-lift, twin-engine) version of the original H160 X4 prototype helicopter developed by Airbus Helicopters of France to meet the requirements of the Military Light Helicopter (JLH) program. French.
The X4 was first shown to the public on June 13, 2015, and was immediately sold to interested parties. The platform, with its sleek design lines and nimble contours, has attracted the interest of the French military, which has previously adopted it in its Military M model. first flight is scheduled for 2023, with deliveries to begin in 2026.
It is expected to play a variety of roles in the French military, leading the inventory of the French Army (80 units), Navy (49 units), and Air Force (40 units), replacing an aging collection of this type.
The H160M is designed with a “modular” approach to mission sets, allowing a single aircraft to be modified for a variety of roles on the battlefield. These include passenger transport, search and rescue (SAR), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), and special forces support, as well as public transport assistance.
The platform can also be equipped with pintle-mounted machine guns and sniper rifles as well as fuselage-mounted machine guns (12.7mm HMP400 type) and anti-ship missiles to provide fire support services in close ground combat. Air support (CAS) is for allied ground elements.
Flexibility also allows helicopters to operate over water in search of enemy ships (to counter missiles) or downed aviators. In the latter case, the helicopter can be equipped with a powered winch. The helicopter can also carry cargo externally, which can be carried in a sling.
The H160M features a fully digitized engine, advanced cockpit, and avionics, “blue edge” main rotor blades that reduce operating noise, shrouded fenestron tail rotor unit (further reducing noise levels), and over the life of the platform, These include reduced maintenance requirements and maintenance costs, and improved survivability.
The overall layout is very conventional, with the two crew members positioned side-by-side behind the nose of the aircraft. The positions are separated by a common central console, and visibility outside the cockpit is improved by the liberal use of windows that provide a higher degree of situational awareness.
The front panel of the cockpit is equipped with three large color displays that provide system and mission status information. A conventional (redundant) control stick and foot pedals control the helicopter’s control layout.
A multi-stage electro-optical system is mounted under the nose of the radar hull. On the side of the fuselage is a gun port, and behind it is a passenger area with a fuselage sliding door.
The engine is mounted on top of the cockpit with the main rotor next to the fuselage roof as usual. The exhaust port of the engine exploded upward.
The tail unit is a tall design and contains distinctive elements such as steering fins, horizontal tail fin (stabilizer with somewhat unique biplane design), and various antennas.
Delivered to the French Army, the H160M will be integrated into the ground combat command system, allowing for the seamless support from active ground forces.
The secure communications will enable information sharing among all parties involved and form a powerful multi-purpose approach to engaging the enemy.
For the French Navy, the helicopters will be used as equipment for launching and retrieving from the decks of warships, as well as for protection over the horizon, denial of airspace, rescue services, and provision of anti-ship assets.
Stowage on board is convenient, as the main paddle can be folded (manually thrust) back over the tail. The French Air Force will use the inherent versatility of this system to provide search and rescue services as well as armed escort, fire support, and reconnaissance missions.
Plans are underway to provide combat pilots and a Type 5 infantry seat. Space for two stretchers is available.
Power is controlled by two Safran Alano turboshaft engines, which provide excellent fuel efficiency. The maximum take-off and landing weight (MTOW) is 6050 kg and the range is 850 km. Rotor dimensions include a diameter of 13.4 meters.