Europe has commenced a ‘de-risking study’ to develop and deliver next generation battlefield capabilities for the Tiger helicopter fleet.
FILE PHOTO: Courtesy Airbus Helicopters.
OCCAR – Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) – has commissioned Airbus Helicopters, on behalf of the French, German and Spanish Armament agencies DGA, BAAINBw and DGAM, to perform de-risking studies aimed at providing the Tiger with next generation battlefield capabilities.
Their main objective is to prepare the development and retrofit phases of the new avionics, mission and weapon systems of the Tiger.
Thales and MBDA will also take part in the studies.
CEO of Airbus Helicopters Bruno Even said the company was proud to be preparing the future of the Tiger as it represents a major program for the European Defense cooperation initiative.
“The de-risking studies will ensure that France, Germany, and Spain will be able to decide on implementing the additional operational capabilities for their Tiger helicopters.” he added.
“First deployed by the French Army in Afghanistan in 2009, the Tiger continues to demonstrate its essential role on theatres of operation as a highly versatile, stealthy, and maneuverable attack helicopter.”
The world-wide fleet of Tigers is now 178, operated by France, Germany and Spain, plus 22 in Australia.
The fleet has accumulated more than 110,000 flight hours to date.
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