Skip to main content

30. June 2017

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).