On the 16th December 2010, the first French HAD TIGER performed its official first flight in Marignane, France in the presence of French and Spanish Official Services as well as ODT. This first official flight followed a few days after the actual first flight of the helicopter which was done internally by Eurocopter.
‘A quantum leap forward’ was the expression used by Lieutenant-Colonel Joachim Geist to describe the successful operational test of the Boxer vehicle in Australia in an article on the German Army website. The “Gruppentransportfahrzeug” (GTFz) is the Boxer version used by the German infantry, which was transported in early February 2010 to the Australian Outback, for an operational test under hot and dry and hot and humid conditions.
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.