Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger HAD retrofit to French Army Aviation, after completing the formal acceptance process with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA).
The retrofit is the first of 36 upgrades from Tiger HAP to Tiger HAD ordered by the French Ministry of Defence.
The retrofit from the Tiger HAP to the Tiger HAD version involves over 100 airframe modifications and installing over 1,500 new parts and 250 electrical cables.
Compared with the previous version the Tiger HAD has an increased maximum take-off weight, two new enhanced MTR 390 E engines and a new STRIX roof mounted sight system complete with a laser designator enabling the Hellfire II air-to-ground missile to be fired.
For the retrofit programme, Airbus Helicopters has set up a new industrial organisation, combining both teams from its Military Support Centre France and from its Tiger serial production Final Assembly Line.
The Tiger attack helicopter has undertaken operational deployments in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Libya and Mali. In service with the armed forces of France, Germany, Spain and Australia, the global Tiger fleet has logged over 92,000 flight hours to date.