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26. September 2018

Tiger – Launch of the de-risking phase for mid-life upgrade (MkIII)

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.

Launch of the de-risking phase

At the table, from left to right: Mr. Ariel Valensi (MBDA - Deputy of France Sales, Business Development Director Head of Contract Expertise), Andreas Goern (Airbus Helicopters Tiger - Director), Mr. Arturo Alfonso Meiriño (OCCAR Director) and Fabienne Fossey (Thales Avionics - Commercial manager). Second row, OCCAR Tiger Division staff members. © OCCAR

The launch of this new phase is the conclusion of a 3-year work period between the three Participating States (France, Germany and Spain), Airbus Helicopters and OCCAR, to investigate possible technologies and architectures able to meet future operational requirements.

German TIGER

German TIGER © Airbus Helicopters

French TIGER

French TIGER © Airbus Helicopters

Spanish TIGER

Spanish TIGER © Airbus Helicopters

At the end of these de-risking studies, France, Germany and Spain shall have a technical baseline to decide on the launch of the development of a Mid-Life Upgrade (MkIII). MkIII will integrate advanced technologies such as a new avionics suite and will provide an improved weapon system, allowing Tiger to keep superiority on the battlefield for the next decades.