First Tiger AD de­liv­ered

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The first Tiger he­li­copter of the HAD vari­ant (Héli­cop­tère d’Ap­pui-De­struc­tion, or Sup­port and De­stroy He­li­copter) has been de­liv­ered to the French army avi­a­tion base at Le Can­net des Mau­res, in the Var dis­trict of south-eastern France.

The HAD is the sec­ond vari­ant of the Tiger at­tack he­li­copter to en­ter French army ser­vice, af­ter the now world­wide well­known Tiger HAP (Héli­cop­tère d’Ap­pui Pro­tec­tion, or es­cort and sup­port he­li­copter) whose ar­ma­ment mostly con­sists of a 30mm can­non and 68mm un­guided rock­ets.

In­tended to re­place the Gazelle Vi­viane helicopters in the day/night at­tack and anti-tank mis­sion, the Tiger HAD is armed with Mis­tral air-to-air mis­siles and AGM-114 Hell­fire air-to-ground laser­guided mis­siles.

Tiger’s HAD vari­ant also fea­tures im­proved bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion against small arms fire, as well as a new elec­tro-op­ti­cal sen­sor and sight pack­age. The first Tiger HADs will be de­ployed by the 1st Com­bat He­li­copter Reg­i­ment, based in Phals­bourg, be­gin­ning in 2014.

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