[16], In March 2017, French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced at Marignane that the H160 was selected as the basis for its tri-service light rotorcraft replacement programme, the hélicoptère interarmées léger (HIL), with between 160 and 190 required from 2024 to replace 420 aircraft : French navy’s Alouette IIIs, SA 365 Dauphin and AS565 Panther, the French Air Force’s AS555 Fennec and SA330 Pumas; and the French army Pumas, SA341/SA342 Gazelles and Fennec.

“Vortex ring state is not so big an issue to manage if you have altitude,” he explained. [23], After 1500 hours of flight tests and demo flights with three prototypes, the H160 was type certified by the EASA on 1 July 2020, before FAA certification and delivery to an US customer planned for the same year. Joining the helicopter product range between the H145 and the H175, this innovative medium helicopter is the first member of the H generation. ", "Video – H160 helicopter flight test programme moves up a notch. But with two autopilots, that failure never happens.”, Airbus added a significant new safety feature that is unique to the H160, a vortex pre-alerting system designed to give pilots advance notice that the helicopter is about to enter a dangerous vortex ring state. During a visit dedicated to highlighting the role of Airbus Helicopters and the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) are pursuing a new set of studies to further the militarisation of the H160 and to define its associated support ecosystem in the frame of the Joint Light Helicopter program (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger: HIL). [6][8] Aerodynamic innovations include a biplane tailplane stabiliser for greater low speed stability, and a quieter canted fenestron which combined produce an extra 80 kg of lift. [8][15] In July 2016, it was announced that the aeromechanical configuration of the rotorcraft had been frozen. ", http://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=1342, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Airbus_Helicopters_H160&oldid=970231522, Aircraft specs templates using more general parameter, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 July 2020, at 02:15. “Launching this collaborative work between Industry and the Ministry of the Armed Forces in order to define the support framework for the Guépard and the associated processes, as early as the pre-development phase, is essential. The H160 opens a new chapter in the history of Airbus. With hands off the controls, that just results in the helicopter maintaining the same flight path and airspeed. The H160 goes beyond IOGP regulations with push out windows that exceed the type IV requirement and an emergency floatation system that is certified for Sea State 6 with irregular waves.

Read less H160 is about breakthrough design, providing customers with the highest level of innovation, integrating as many as 68 different patents for a customer step change. Connected services, such as FleetKeeper, digital logcards, and Flight Planner,  enable customers to manage their operations seamlessly.

Airbus Helicopters, Safran Helicopter Engines, and the DGA will work closely together in order to maximize the availability rate of the helicopters, as well as optimizing the cost of supporting the fleet. Simple and intuitive to operate, innovative features such as simplified pre-flight checks and two minute automatic start-up procedures, make the H160 very easy to fly and to maintain. FAA certification of the simulator is expected at the end of this year.

The Airbus Helicopters H160 (formerly X4) is a medium utility helicopter being developed by Airbus Helicopters. Read more. A biplane stabiliser has been installed on each prototype for more maneuverability and stability.

EASA.R.516 for H160", "Airbus Helicopters drops PW210 engine on 'repositioned' X4. The use of composites is featured widely in the aircraft, with a carbon-fiber airframe produced in-house at facilities in Germany, while the tailboom and tailrotor housing are built by Daher-Socata. [20] Equipment locations have been optimised for accessibility, while easy access to the large upper deck, engine access through a firewall panel, and easy removal of engine and main gearbox cowlings are among the H160’s innovations.

If it’s close to the ground and nose down and full speed, the limit is physics; if the aircraft is able to recover, it will.

The H160M incorporates the latest technological achievements in French aeronautics. The H160 opens a new chapter in the history of Airbus.

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. “My philosophy is to keep the same volume of training because of innovation,” he explained.

Helping to secure people, nations and our environment, to the latest teaching materials for your kids, #defencematters #securitymatters #spacematters. The system provides both an audible and visual alert to “check power.” The pilot can either add power, if sufficient margins are available, or if already at maximum power, try to fly out of the condition. Formally launched at Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida on 3 March 2015, it is intended to replace the AS365 and EC155 models in the firm's lineup.

Introducing the HIL H160M for the French Armed Forces, Unveiling the HIL H160M “What is good about that compared to other helicopters is that it is easy to manage rpm, there is a lot of inertia in the rotor system. One weight-saving measure was the replacement of conventional hydraulic landing gear and brakes with electrical counterparts, the first helicopter in the world to do so; according to Airbus the elimination of hydraulic components makes the rotorcraft both lighter and safer. [13][14], In November 2015, it was announced that certification of the H160 and its entry into service with civil operators were both scheduled to take place in 2018; a military-orientated variant, designated H160M, is aimed to enter service in 2022. [8][15], Data from Shephard Media,[8] AIN Online,[6] MilitaryFactory[30], Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era, "In-development H160 is on performance, Airbus says", "Eurocopter X4 promises technical tour-de-force. “What is impressive for the new H160 pilot is the external visibility,” he said.

This is a very new concept philosophy and hard to build.

“With less actions, there are less mistakes, but you also save time,” he said. The HIL programme, for which the Airbus Helicopters’ H160 was selected in 2017, was initially scheduled for launch in 2022 by the current military budget law. The H160 VIP interior comes upholstered in rich leather with wood and metal accents and can be customized to the buyer’s specifications. Key to the weight savings are extensive use of new materials and technologies—Airbus has taken out 68 patents on the H160 alone.

It’s easy to use in a normal way and easy during an event. [1] The H160 is the first civilian helicopter to utilise a canted fenestron anti-torque tail rotor. The H160, which is equipped with Airbus’s Helionix avionics package with weather radar, synthetic vision, moving map, TCAS II, and HTAWS, builds on the H175’s automatic airspeed and flight path stability.

It benefits from a low cost of operations and optimised flight safety.

With the largest cabin in its class, wide opening sliding door and positionable stretcher capacity, the H160 is the next generation high intensive care helicopter ideal for long distance critical patient or isolette transport. The 12-seater H160 can access a large number of offshore platforms thanks to its 15.7-metre D-value (largest dimension of the helicopter used for helideck assessment).

Airbus Helicopters renamed the majority of its products in 2015 to reflects its own rebranding as Airbus and to provide its customers with a coherent and easy-tounderstand product range. [5] During the aircraft's development, features such as full de-icing equipment and a fly-by-wire control system, were deemed too heavy or costly for the benefits involved and were eliminated. 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. In hands-on mode, the pilot can make the H160 do anything the helicopter can do, but the autopilot is still on. The most obvious visual difference between the H160 and other helicopters is the shape of the rotor blades. Automation is good if you understand it.”. It was also announced that the X4 would be introduced in two stages: an interim model in 2017 with some of the advanced features absent, and a more advanced model following in 2020.