Ultimately targeting the increase of fleet availability for the benefit of the French, German and Spanish customers, OCCAR and Airbus Helicopter Tiger signed on 29th November 2019 the so-called Global Support Contract, that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Tiger system for the next years and beyond.
As the helicopter production phase just ended with the deliveries of the last helicopters, spare parts production and repair lines were to be secured in order to maintain the current industrial capabilities.
Our armed forces need state-of-the art flight simulators in line with the aircrafts in service to train theirs crews and to fulfil their operational duties. Thus, Germany and France mandated OCCAR to upgrade their simulators. Consequently, in December 2014 OCCAR signed with Thales AVS France and Rheinmetall Electronics a contract covering the upgrade and a 10-year in-service support of the Tiger Aircrew Training Means (TATM).
On 21 December 2009, TIGER PD signed the “Madrid Agreement” which enables formal acceptance of the final Spanish HAP configuration. The Spanish HAP-E is based on the so-called “PBL002” baseline together with the weaponry capability of the French HAP Standard 1 (30 mm gun, 68 mm rockets and Air-to-Air Mistral missile). On 23 December 2009, the last and 6th HAPE tail-number “2020” was delivered. HAP2020 is the 1st Spanish HAP in the final HAPE configuration. The rest of the Spanish HAP fleet will be retrofitted to this configuration.