OCCAR-EA has placed two contracts with a consortium composed of Airbus Helicopters Tiger, Thales AVS and MBDA, on behalf of the French, German and Spanish Armament agencies, DGA, BAAINBw and DGAM. They aim to de-risk the obsolescence treatment of the current Tiger helicopters, as well as the implementation of new capabilities.
Operational premiere: On 12 April, a French TIGER HAP helicopter of the 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment was transferred in an A400M from Gao (Mali) back to its home base in Pau (France). The complete helicopter transport was performed within 24 hours, including a stop in Niamey (Niger).
An inaugural A400M User Forum was held from the 5th to 7th of April 2016 in Seville, Spain and was attended by a wide range of attendees (around 150 people in total) from the end user community, including representatives from each Participating State, Malaysia, AMSL (Airbus Military Sociedad Limitada) and OCCAR-EA.
In the course of the technical certification for a new German protected carrier vehicle for the COBRA system, the OCCAR COBRA Programme Division is currently supporting the approval process of dynamic driving characteristic tests at the German Technical Center for Land Systems (WTD41) in Trier.