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Final Qualification of the TIGER HAD version

On 30 June 2017, OCCAR granted the final qualification of the TIGER HAD version (Support and Destruction Helicopter) in the Block 2 standard, achieving the final operational capability.
This is the result of two and a half years of intensive work to qualify the evolution from the Block 1 to the Block 2 configuration, leading to the finalisation of the development of this weapon system. 
The main improvements compared to Block 1 are the following ones:

  • Naval capability;
  • Improved performance of Spike and Mistral missile subsystems;
  • HF radio datalink;
  • An updated software version enabling extended Man-Machine interface performances;
  • Firing capability with Combat External tank;
  • New Engine Controller and Monitoring Unit (ECMU-B).

Copyright: Airbus Helicopters / OCCAR-EA

This qualification, performed in cooperation with Airbus Helicopters, the French and Spanish Ministries of Defence and the OCCAR TIGER Programme Division, provides a helicopter configuration which ensures the operation of the HAD helicopters at their full capability and the launching of future system improvements, like the new Maintenance Software Release 1 (MR1).
This achievement concludes the development of this helicopter which is currently in use in the French and Spanish Armies with respectively 24 HAD/F and 12 HAD/E helicopters already delivered.
The end user has expressed its satisfaction regarding the Block 2 configuration, which is currently in operation on national territory and deployed overseas.

Copyright: Airbus Helicopters / OCCAR-EA

The next challenges to come for the HAD project are:

  • the finalisation of the HAD production in order to deliver 31 HAD/F for France and 18 HAD/E for Spain by end of 2018;
  • the retrofit of the French Tiger HAP (Support and Protection Helicopter) fleet to the HAD Block 2 standard;
  • the helicopter software upgrade expected to be available in 2019 (MR1).