Air­bus He­li­copters de­liv­ers the first Tiger HAD Block 2 at­tack he­li­copters to France

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

The French Army’s Tiger com­bat he­li­copter fleet has been ex­panded with Air­bus He­li­copters’ de­liv­ery of the first two at­tack he­li­copters in the HAD Block 2 ver­sion, fol­low­ing its qual­i­fi­ca­tion by the French Gen­eral Direc­torate for Ar­ma­ments.

Th­ese two Tigers will join those al­ready in ser­vice for the mil­i­tary, which have proven their ca­pa­bil­i­ties dur­ing op­er­a­tional de­ploy­ments in Afghanistan, the Cen­tral African Repub­lic, So­ma­lia, Libya and Mali.

The Block 2 ver­sion brings ad­di­tional en­hance­ments that now of­fer the full ca­pac­ity of the HAD ver­sion, in­clud­ing im­proved tar­get­ing ac­cu­racy for rock­ets, the ad­di­tion of com­bat ex­ter­nal fuel tanks that pro­vide longer flight times while still en­abling the full com­ple­ment of ar­ma­ment to be used, an ex­ten­sion of the flight do­main in which Spike and Hell­fire anti-tank mis­siles can be fired, and the in­te­gra­tion of dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions for op­er­a­tions in to­day’s dig­i­tal bat­tle­field. The HAD Block 2 he­li­copters are also “navalised,” al­low­ing their use from ships and in sea en­vi­ron­ments.

To date, Air­bus He­li­copters has de­liv­ered more than 110 Tiger he­li­copters to France, Ger­many, Spain and Aus­tralia – a to­tal which in­cludes six HAD Block 1 at­tack he­li­copters for the French Army, along with 40 in the HAP support and es­cort con­fig­u­ra­tion.

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