First Tiger AD delivered
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.