Air-Launched Weapons

French Navy HIL helicopters to carry Sea Venom/ANL missile

07 June 2017

Key Points

  • MBDA's Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile will be carried by the new HIL in French Navy service
  • The Airbus Helicopters H160 forms the basis for the HIL programme

The French Navy is planning to arm its new Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger (HIL) helicopters with MBDA's Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) lightweight anti-ship missile, France’s direction générale de l'armement (DGA) national armaments directorate has confirmed to Jane's.

Earlier plans to integrate the Sea Venom/ANL missile on Marine National NH90 Caiman and/or the AS 565 Panther helicopters are understood to have been abandoned.

The French government announced in March that it had selected the Airbus Helicopters H160 as the basis for the HIL programme, which projects the acquisition of a new light helicopter to meet the combined requirements of the army, air force, and navy.

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