Tiger HAD version achieves final qualification
OCCAR has issued the final qualification of Airbus Helicopters' Tiger HAD multi-role attack helicopter in Block 2 configuration, the organisation announced on 24 July.
The achievement comes after two and a half years of work to evolve the aircraft from the Block 1 to the Block 2 configuration, and marks the achievement of final operational capability.
The main improvements in Block 2 include 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 and new engine controller and monitoring unit.
The qualification was performed in cooperation with Airbus Helicopters, the French and Spanish ministries of defence and the OCCAR Tiger Programme Division. This qualification provides a helicopter configuration which ensures the operation of the HAD helicopters at their full capability and the launching of future system improvements, including the new Maintenance Software Release 1.
The final qualification concludes the development of the helicopter, which is currently in use in the French and Spanish armies with respectively 24 HAD/F and 12 HAD/E helicopters already delivered.
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