The Joint Light Helicopter program aims to equip the three French armed forces with a single helicopter model based on the H160 platform in a militarized version (H160M). Known as “Guépard”, this helicopter will replace five different models currently in service with the forces (Gazelle, Alouette III, Dauphin, Panther, Fennec).
With the french Armament general directorate (DGA) as prime contractor of the JLH program, Airbus Helicopters is the overall industrial prime contractor, which includes: development of the Guépard, delivery of 169 aircrafts (in 4 phases), supply of the support and training system, as well as support for ten years from delivery of the first helicopter to the armed forces
Sogitec has been selected to supply simulation resources for the French armed forces training. The first batch includes the delivery of four Flight Training Device (FTD) simulators based on Sogitec’s MRTD concept, in the three customer versions: Land, Sea and Air. Sogitec will deliver each simulator with its own building to the four customer sites concerned, starting with Le Luc in 2027, Etain and Hyères in 2029 and Villacoublay in 2030. Sogitec will also develop a Cockpit Procedures Trainer (CPT) for the benefit of the French Airforce. This firm batch also includes a 10-year operational maintenance period starting from the delivery of the first system. The contract includes a conditional batch for the delivery of three MRTDs to Lanvéoc and Pau in 2030 and Orange in 2033, plus two additional CPTs.
André Piaton, Managing Director of Sogitec, said: “We are very pleased to become a privileged partner of Airbus Helicopters on this program and are eager to begin our collaboration with the HIL teams of the DGA and the French armed forces. We are committed to providing them with the most advanced training resources to support their training and contribute to the success of all their missions.”