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Germany nears first Tiger operational deployment

22nd November 2012 - 09:55 GMT | by Pieter Bastiaans in Breda


After much delay, Germany’s Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter will now deploy to Afghanistan for its first operational mission in early December.

Four ASGARD-F Tigers will be transported to Mazar-e-Sharif in Regional Command North of ISAF with two being made available for operations and the other two held in reserve. Full operational capability should be reached in February 2013.

The German Tiger programme had been confronted with intense political pressure to speed up the deployment to Afghanistan in order to overcome a gap in helicopter combat support there.

An accelerated change process for technical modifications was deemed to be feasible and

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Pieter Bastiaans


Pieter Bastiaans

A resident from Breda, the Netherlands, Pieter Bastiaans is an independent defence correspondent and photographer …

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