Military Factory

French Military Helicopters

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/1/2015

As in other modern militaries, the French have placed a premium on their rotary-wing force since the 1950s.





There are a total of (22) French Military Helicopters in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2018
Airbus Helicopters H160 (X4)
The Airbus Helicopters H160 (formerly known under the designation of "X4") is an in-development, med... [Read More]
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2015
Airbus Helicopters EC175
Expanding the Airbus Helicopters medium-lift utility helicopter product line is the in-development E... [Read More]
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2007
Airbus Helicopters (NHIndustries) NH90
The NH90, developed by Eurocopter's helicopter arm NHIndustries (now under the Airbus Helicopters br... [Read More]
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2006
Schiebel Camcopter S-100
The Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) is a relatively new addition to the world of ... [Read More]
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2003
Airbus Helicopters Tiger (EC665)
The Eurocopter Tiger (EC 665) is a relatively new attack helicopter initially designed and developed... [Read More]
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2002
Airbus Helicopters EC145
The Eurocopter EC145 is a light-to-medium-lift transport helicopter produced under the Airbus Helico... [Read More]
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1998
Airbus Helicopters EC120 Colibri (Hummingbird)
Introduced in 1998, the EC120 "Colibri" ("Hummingbird") Light Utility Helicopter has seen over 550 e... [Read More]
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1998
Bell Eagle Eye (Model 918)
The Bell Eagle Eye (company Model 918) is/was an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) developed to compete i... [Read More]
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1985
Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) Panther
The Eurocopter AS565 "Panther" is nothing more than a medium class, multi-role, twin-engined militar... [Read More]
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1982
Airbus Helicopters Super Puma / AS532 Cougar
The Super Puma was developed by French-based Aerospatiale (formerly Sud Aviation) form the successfu... [Read More]
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1978
Westland / AgustaWestland Lynx
The Westland Lynx (AgustaWestland since 2000) was designed to a British Army requirement and initial... [Read More]
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1975
Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light... [Read More]
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1973
Aerospatiale Gazelle
A popular light reconnaissance and attack helicopter for export order, the Aerospatiale Gazelle syst... [Read More]
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1969
Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma
The Puma began life as a product of Sud Aviation designed to meet an French Army requirement for an ... [Read More]
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1964
Aerospatiale Super Frelon (Super Hornet)
The SA 321 Super Frelon is a French-produced multirole helicopter falling under the Aerospatiale bra... [Read More]
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1960
Aerospatiale Alouette III
The Aerospatiale Alouette III, is French for Skylark having a single-engine and to be used as a ligh... [Read More]
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1957
Aerospatiale Alouette II
The Alouette II helicopter series is billed as a multi-role, light rotary-wing platform charged with... [Read More]
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1954
Sikorsky H-34 / CH-34 Choctaw
The H-34 Choctaw was a multi-purpose, radial-powered utility helicopter produced by Sikorsky in the ... [Read More]
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1953
Piasecki H-21 Workhorse
The Piasecki H-21 tandem-rotor helicopter was born from a line of Piasecki products that began with ... [Read More]
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1950
Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw was an excellent multipurpose transport helicopter that saw use in vario... [Read More]
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1947
Bell H-13 Sioux
The "helicopter" saw development during World War 2 (1939-1945) and some were in fact used by the Ge... [Read More]
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1941
Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache (Dragon)
The military helicopter earned its wings over the Korean peninsula during the Korean War (1950-1953)... [Read More]
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