The French Navy has taken delivery of the first of six H160s that will perform Search & Rescue (SAR) missions. The aircraft is part of the interim fleet that are to be delivered by the partnership formed between:
- Airbus Helicopters
- Safran Helicopter Engines
In 2020 the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) signed a contract with the partnership for the delivery of four H160s in SAR configuration. In 2021, the DGA confirmed an option for two more H160s. The first H160 for the French Navy was delivered to Babcock by Airbus Helicopters in May 2022. It has since then been modified into a light military configuration by Babcock. The modular cabin was also adapted for SAR operations and a Safran EUROFLIR 410 electro optical system was integrated.