Airbus Helicopters has chosen Safran Electronics & Protection to produce SkyNaute navigation programs to equip future H160M helicopters, developed as a part of its tri-service mild rotorcraft substitute programme, the hélicoptère interarmées léger (HIL). This contract follows the order from the French Ministry of the Armed Forces for 169 “Guépard” helicopters in December 2021. With its mixture of excessive integrity and precision, the SkyNaute navigation system ensures a excessive stage of efficiency, even when GNSS*** alerts are absent or jammed. It can allow H160M crews to carry out their missions in essentially the most difficult theaters of operations.

Safran Electronics & Protection SkyNaute navigation programs

The Airbus Helicopters H160 is a medium utility helicopter being developed by Airbus Helicopters. Formally launched at Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida on 3 March 2015, it’s supposed to switch the AS365 and EC155 fashions within the agency’s lineup. In June 2015, the primary check flight befell. It obtained its EASA kind certification in July 2020, and first deliveries have been in December 2021. In March 2017, French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian introduced that the H160 was chosen as the premise for its tri-service mild rotorcraft substitute programme. In Could 2019, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly christened this helicopter as H160M Guépard.


France Armed Forces Airbus H160M Guepard Joint Light Helicopter (hélicoptère interarmées léger – HIL) Programme.
France Armed Forces Airbus H160M Guepard Joint Gentle Helicopter (hélicoptère interarmées léger – HIL) Programme.

Safran Electronics & Protection, previously generally known as Sagem Défense Sécurité, is a French firm specializing in optronics, avionics and digital programs, in addition to software program for civil and army purposes within the naval, aeronautical and house sectors. It is among the ten entities that make up the Safran Group. The corporate has three divisions: Avionics, Optronics & Protection and Safran Electronics. Immediately, it has 9 amenities in France and twelve subsidiaries unfold throughout 4 continents. Safran Electronics & Protection is a expertise firm that develops civil and army options for sea, land, air and house purposes. By way of avionics, the corporate gives quite a few sorts of gear, starting from the electrical flight management system for the NH90 helicopter to the data system for the Airbus A380, in addition to inertial navigation programs and engine management programs.