France is preparing to standardize its helicopter fleets with a new rotorcraft to serve all three of the country’s armed forces. Under the Helicoptere Interarmees Leger (HIL)—Joint Light Helicopter—program, France will buy 169 military versions of the Airbus H160, the company’s new twin-engine commercial helicopter, slated to enter the market in 2020. The H160M military version, to be known as Guepard (French for Cheetah), is envisaged to replace five fleets with a ...

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