Delivery of H-160 helicopters to the French Gendarmerie delayed
From 2023 to 2024
The first H-160 helicopters developed by Airbus Helicopters for the French Gendarmerie will be delivered in 2024. Initially scheduled for 2023, deliveries have been postponed by one year. The 10 aircraft with rotary wing will be available to some anti-guerrilla and anti-terrorism groups such as the Groupe d'Intervention (GIGN), the Recherche, Assistance, Intervention, Dissuasion (RAID) group, but also for the Compagnie Républicaine de Sécurité (CRS).
"We are waiting for the first two H-160s in view of the Olympic Games", announced the General Director of the Gendarmerie, General Christian Rodriguez, in past weeks. The postponement is due to the fact that the French Police Corps had not signed the order yet, the signature will arrive shortly, at the same time as the order for fully military aircraft with rotary-wing to be allocated to the Army, the Air Force, and to the Navy.
The acquisition is part of the French plan for the modernization of the Air Force, which envisages the purchase of ten H-160 helicopters for the Gendarmerie and two H-145D3s for Civil Protection, for a total of 232 million Euros. Each H-160 worth 20 million Euros. The aircraft will replace 26 old Écureuil AS-350s with an average age of 34 years.
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