French Navy

French Navy receives first SAR-configured H160 helicopter

France’s defence procurement agency, the Direction Generale de l’Armament (DGA; General Directorate of Armament), has delivered the first Airbus Helicopters H160B to the French Navy

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How is French Naval Aviation being modernised to meet emerging threats?

The Aéronautique Navale (French Naval Aviation) carries out a wide range of missions from land bases, the FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) aircraft carrier and many support ships. We assess its strengths and how the service is being modernised to meet new and emerging threats

Current plans schedule the Crusader to be phased out in 1998. The aircraft quietly celebrated its 30th anniversary in French service last year. (Photos author unless stated) Feature Premium

French Navy F-8 Crusader display pilot

Gert Kromhout talks to pilot Pierre Jego about displaying the French Aéronavale Vought F-8P Crusader

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CSG21: Task force integrates with allies in the Mediterranean

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group have integrated with allies for exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, during which the aircraft carrier’s embarked F-35B Lightning IIs conducted operations with French Fleet Air Arm-operated Rafale Ms

French Navy orders two additional H160s

France’s Fleet Air Arm has ordered a further two Airbus Helicopters H160s, which will be delivered to the service in a search and rescue (SAR) configuration

French Navy to get two additional H160s

The French Armament General Directorate has confirmed an option to Airbus Helicopters, Babcock and Safran Helicopter Engines for two more H160 helicopters for the French Navy

France orders eight more Caracals alongside second VSR700 prototype

France has ordered a further eight Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracals for the French Air and Space Force along with a second prototype of the maritime VSR700 vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle

France confirms E-2D Advanced Hawkeye order

Northrop Grumman revealed on January 6 that France has confirmed its order for three E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes, becoming the second international customer of the airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft

US approves French E-2D acquisition

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of three Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft and associated equipment to France.

French Army brings forward H160M delivery date

The Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre (ALAT, French Army Air Corps) has announced that deliveries of its first Airbus Helicopters H160M Guépard (Cheetah) helicopters will take place in 2026, two years earlier than planned.