Announced March 2017, the H160 Military variant planned for the French Armed Forces, 400 expected to be delivered under the Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger (HIL) program with first deliveries scheduled for 2026.
Capable of carrying 2 pilots + 5 troops or 2 stretchers with a max take off weight of 6,050 kgs / 13338 lbs and a range of 850 km / 528 miles
On May 2019 was designated as Guépard (Cheetah) and delivery plans of 80 for Army (to replace Fennec, Gazelle and Puma), 49 for Navy (Dauphin, Panther, Lynx) and 40 for Air Force (Fennec and Super Puma)
A400M First Contact with H225M and H160, 24-Sep-19 : #A400M Over southern France, Airbus conducted first aerial refueling testings (dry contacts) between the new A400M military airlifter and H225M and H160 helicopters
H160M Guépard to Enter Service in 2026, 27-May-19 : #H160M The H160M for the French Armed Forces, designated as Guépard (Cheetah) is scheduled to enter service in 2026 under the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger, HIL) program
Airbus at Eurosatory 2018, 07-Jun-18 : #expo Airbus will display mock-up of H160M Joint Light Helicopter(HIL) to replace Dauphin, Gazelle, Puma, Fennec and Alouette III in the French armed forces from 2024 at Eurosatory 2018 June 11-15