Sunday, February 1, 2009
Rotorcraft Report: Tiger Clears Deployment Hurdles
MILITARY | ATTACK
Eurocopter’s EC665 Tiger combat helicopter won acceptance for deployment in French and German military services, after the final qualifications for the French HAP (Hélicoptère d’Appui Protection) and German UHT (Unterstützungshubschrauber Tiger) versions were issued by OCCAR, the European Tiger project management body.
France ordered 40 HAP versions of the Tiger that will be used for air-to-air combat and fire support for French ground troops. The HAP Tiger has a 30-mm gun turret, 68-mm rockets, a Strix roof-mounted sight, and air-to-air Mistral missiles. Eighteen HAP Tigers have been delivered to date.
Germany’s 80 UHT versions are equipped with 12.7 mm machine gun pods, 70-mm rockets, Stinger missiles, Hot and Trigat missiles, and an Osiris sight. Germany has received 10 UHT Tigers so far. They will support the German army as multi-function fire support aircraft.
To date, 206 Tigers have been ordered by France, Germany, Australia and Spain, with 48 Tigers having been delivered. There is also a Tiger HAD (Hélicoptère d’Appui Destruction/Support Destruction Helicopter) model. It is the same as the Tiger HAP, but has 14 percent more engine power. Some of these models have been ordered by the Spanish and French armies.