HForce is a unique, exhaustive and flexible weapon system designed to meet the requirements of defence agencies seeking light attack mission capabilities or a complement to their existing fleet of specialised attack helicopters. It is the latest-generation Airbus weapon system. It is modular and incremental, and can be fitted onto any military version of Airbus’ commercial helicopter range (H125M, H145M, H225M). HForce offers a large array of weapons, modern and easy target acquisition and a high level of targeting accuracy, formerly reserved for high-end attack helicopters.

Unique, exhaustive and flexible

Drawing on experience with the Tiger attack helicopter, Airbus has developed an off-the-shelf solution to address a large scope of customers’ armament needs.

Conceived as a modular and incremental system, HForce offers a multi-purpose mission computer interchangeable from one helicopter to another and a large choice of weapons (air-to-air, air-to-ground, ballistic or guided) to comply with any operational need. The technically-advanced solution takes into account the different aspects of firing accuracy: weapon recoil, centre of gravity, ground clearance or vehicle separation.

Specifications

HForce is composed of:

  • One central core unit for firing computation
  • Monocular helmet-mounted sight and display (HMSD) for pilot and gunner targeting and ballistic firing
  • Electro-optical system (EOS) for target identification and firing
  • Armament grips for armament management
  • Weapons pods with the following armament:

- Ballistic: machine gun, cannon, rocket

- Guided: laser-guided rockets, air-to-ground missile, air-to-air missile (with growth potential)

CDPG-5255-14

Exhaustive

Full operating spectrum

  • HForce covers the entire operational spectrum:

Air-to-ground

  • Tanks, armoured vehicles, troops, fire support to troops in contact:

Air-to-air

  • Aircraft, drones, attack helicopters:

Air-to-surface

  • Maritime counter terrorism and counter piracy speedboats:

Ballistic:

  • Cannon 20 mm
  • Machine gun 12.7 mm
  • Rocket 68 and 70 mm

Guided:

  • Laser-guided rocket
  • Air-to-ground missile
  • Air-to-air missile (with growth potential)
H145-EXPH-1745-11

Missions

Addressing today’s requirements for many types of operations, HForce outfits helicopters for a wide array of missions.

Armed scout

  • Intelligence
  • Surveillance
  • Target acquisition
  • Reconnaissance
  • Attack
  • Deep ops (depending on type of helicopter)
  • Fire support
  • Attack and defence
  • Escort

Utility

 

  • Maritime counter terrorism
  • Air movement
  • Combat recovery
  • Casualty evacuation (casevac)
  • Fire support

 

Maritime security:

  • Maritime counter-terrorism

 

Parapublic:

  • Law enforcement
CDPG-5255-35.jpg
H145M-EXPH-1733-16R

Flexible

Incremental and modular

HForce is offered with different options and armaments.

Option 0: Fixed parts and capabilities; structural parts and harnesses

Option 1: Ballistic armed scout (Pilot firing with HMSD)

Option 2: Ballistic light attack (Gunner firing with EOS or pilot firing with HMSD)

Option 3: Ballistic and guided light attack (Gunner firing with EOS or pilot firing ballistic with HMSD)

HForce’s flexible architecture permits aircraft to be retrofit with any available armament.

CDPG-5255-82.jpg

Crew resource management

HForce enables a significant reduction of workload thanks to experience gained from crew resource management on Tiger helicopters. With the HForce system in place, the gunner  manages the helicopter’s weapons while the pilot flies, exactly like in an attack helicopter.

Making the most of Airbus Helicopters’ experience, HForce offers easy cooperation among the crew in service of target identification and acquisition, and a firing computation for drastic improvements in firing accuracy.

H145M-firing-campaign-sweden-2018-3.jpg

A competitive solution

Aircraft retrofitted with the basic “Fitted for but not with” capability (option 0) can become potential light attack helicopters, ready for weapons installation at any time.

With HForce, multi-purpose helicopters are armed with the entire operational spectrum, allowing militaries that cannot invest in specialised helicopters to complete light attack missions.

Defence agencies gain more flexibility in the management of their weapon stock because weapon pods allow arms to be interchanged from one aircraft to another.

H145-EXPH-1765-180.jpg

Brochure

 

HForce

Infographics

EMS Missions
Search and Rescue (SAR) Missions
Law Enforcement Missions

Discover more

See our full helicopter portfolio

H125-mountain.jpg

Contact us

Get in touch with one of our local sales representatives to learn more

Media Centre

Browse our photos, videos and all Airbus downlodable assets

Related news

Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior sign for 36 H135s
Helicopters
Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior sign for 36 H135s
The Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior have ordered 36 Airbus H135 helicopters. This signature takes place in the context of the stimulus plan activated by the Spanish government to support the industry.
Read more
France orders the H160M for its Joint Light Helicopter programme
Helicopters
France orders the H160M for its Joint Light Helicopter programme
The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the development and procurement of the H160M in the frame of the Light Joint Helicopter programme (HIL).
Read more
Helicopters
The NH90 rescues six in the grip of an offshore storm
On 5 July, the recovery of six people from the storm-torn yacht Don Quijote turned into an extraordinary rescue. Lieutenant Jean-Baptiste describes a mission he will never forget...
Read more