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.
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.