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    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 (23) 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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters H160 (X4)

    2015
    Airbus Helicopters H175
    Expanding the Airbus Helicopters medium-lift utility helicopter product line is the in-development E... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters H175

    2010
    Airbus Helicopters X3 (X Cubed)
    The Eurocopter X3 (or simply as the "X-Cubed") is an developmental rotary-wing platform intended to ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters X3 (X Cubed)

    2007
    Airbus Helicopters (NHIndustries) NH90
    The NH90, developed by Eurocopter's helicopter arm NHIndustries (now under the Airbus Helicopters br... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters (NHIndustries) NH90

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Schiebel Camcopter S-100

    2003
    Airbus Helicopters Tiger (EC665)
    The Eurocopter Tiger (EC 665) is a relatively new attack helicopter initially designed and developed... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters Tiger (EC665)

    2002
    Airbus Helicopters H145 (Eurocopter EC145)
    The Eurocopter EC145 is a light-to-medium-lift transport helicopter produced under the Airbus Helico... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters H145 (Eurocopter EC145)

    1998
    Airbus Helicopters H120 Colibri (Hummingbird) / (Eurocopter EC120)
    The helicopter market is just as diverse as any other in the world with companies determined to cut ... [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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) Panther

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale Gazelle

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale Alouette III

    1957
    Aerospatiale Alouette II
    The Alouette II helicopter series is billed as a multi-role, light rotary-wing platform charged with... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale Alouette II

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky H-34 / CH-34 Choctaw

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bell H-13 Sioux

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache (Dragon)