Production roll-out for Europe's Tiger

By Craig Hoyle


The Franco-German Eurocopter consortium rolled out the first production example of the Tiger attack helicopter on 22 March. Unveiled at Eurocopter's Donauwörth facility near Munich, the aircraft is the first of 80 UHT (Unterstützungshubschrauber Tiger) multi-role platforms on order for the German Army.

Germany will receive its first production aircraft in December 2002, while the French Army will receive its first of 80 aircraft in June 2003.

The initial production example of the Tiger for the French Army will be an HAP (Hélicoptère d'Appui et de Protection) escort and fire-support variant; the French order will comprise 10 helicopters in this configuration and a further 70 HAC (Hélicoptère Anti-Char) anti-tank platforms. The partners have a combined requirement for up to 427 of the aircraft.

The Australian Army also late last year signed an A$1.3 billion (US$682 million) production contract for 22 Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters and deliveries of these will begin in December 2004.

From Jane's Defence Weekly

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