Originally designated as X4, the aircraft was re-named as the H160. The X4 had been originally launched at the end of 2011.
The twin-engined type (powered by the Turbomeca 1,100 shp/820 shp Arrano 1A engine) is a replacement for the Dauphin family of aircraft.
The H160 is Airbus Helicopters’ first production use of its 'Blue Edge' main rotor blades. The aircraft has a Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, which is canted at 12°, together with a Biplane Stabilizer with staggered placement of the dual-level, interconnected stabilizers. The aircraft also uses Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix avionics suite and electrically powerered landing gear.
Source: "Airbus Says Hello to the H160", Mike Hirschberg, VERTIFLITE May/June 2015, Pages 8-9
Design authority: Airbus Helicopters
Primary manufacturer: Airbus Helicopters
Parent type: Airbus Helicopters H160
Aircraft status: In development
VTOL type: Helicopter
Lift devices: 1 Single main rotor
Dedicated control device: 1 Fenestron/Shrouded tail rotor
Crew required: 2 in Side-by-side arrangement
Landing gear: Wheels (all retractable)