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German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

A German military helicopter that crashed while flying a peacekeeping mission in Mali began to break up while in flight, losing its rotor, according to a defence ministry report seen by Reuters.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 09-Aug-17

Airbus present Tiger to Polish military

Airbus present Tiger to Polish military

Airbus Helicopters has announced that the Tiger will give its first dynamic presentation in Poland, a week before being displayed for the second time at the 23rd edition of MSPO in Kielce. The combat helicopter that will perform the flight demonstration is a Tiger HAD from the French Army. It is a modern, combat-proven, high-tech… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Sep-15

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Thales and Rheinmetall expand Tiger training capabilities

Thales and Rheinmetall expand Tiger training capabilities

On the 16th of December 2014, the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has awarded a contract to Thales, in partnership with Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE), to supply or upgrade 20 Tiger combat helicopter simulators for the French and German armed forces. Thales and its partner will upgrade 18 simulators to the latest Tiger helicopter… Read more »

Source: Thales, 13-Feb-15

CAE wins OCCAR-EA/Tiger Helicopter Program training analysis contract

CAE wins OCCAR-EA/Tiger Helicopter Program training analysis contract

The Organisation conjointe de cooperation en matiere d’armement (OCCAR-EA), a European organization responsible for managing the through-life support of cooperative European defence programs, has awarded CAE a contract for the analysis of training needs for the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School located in Fassberg, Germany. The technical school is responsible for the theoretical and practical… Read more »

Source: CAE, 16-Dec-14

BAE Systems’ Laser-Guided Rocket Successfully Demonstrated for Australian military

BAE Systems’ Laser-Guided Rocket Successfully Demonstrated for Australian military

The Australian Defence Forces recently concluded a highly successful trial of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rocket for use on its Army and Navy helicopters. The ground trial marks the first time the APKWS technology, which transforms a standard unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rocket into a precision laser-guided weapon, has been demonstrated… Read more »

Source: Bae Systems, 14-Oct-14

Poland says to speed up attack helicopter purchase due to Ukraine crisis

Poland says to speed up attack helicopter purchase due to Ukraine crisis

Poland will move the purchase of 30 attack helicopters forward by two years as part of a review of its army modernisation programme triggered by the crisis in Ukraine, Polish deputy defence minister Czeslaw Mroczek said. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 20-Aug-14

ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

Airbus Helicopters celebrated two important flight-hour milestones with the German Bundeswehr at ILA Berlin 2014. The German Bundeswehr has attained 10,000 flight hours with its Tiger UHT. As of today, 34 Tiger helicopters have been delivered to the German Armed Forces, 12 of them in ASGARD configuration for deployment in Afghanistan. In a separate ceremony,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-May-14

Airbus delivers last German Army Tiger upgraded for Afghanistan

Airbus delivers last German Army Tiger upgraded for Afghanistan

The Germany Army today received the last of 12 Tiger UHT support helicopters upgraded by Airbus Helicopters for Afghanistan missions to support ground troops, protect convoys and perform reconnaissance operations. This milestone rotorcraft – presented during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters’ Donauwörth, Germany production facility – was provided to the military service’s 36 Combat… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Mar-14

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Activist avoids jail for helicopter attack

Activist avoids jail for helicopter attack

Court found Graeme Dunstan, 71, guilty of damaging Commonwealth property an incident where fellow activist Bryan Law used a garden mattock to smash a small hole in a Tiger helicopter on July 21, 2011.  see full story

Source: The Australian, 20-Sep-13

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First Spanish-assembled Tiger makes first flight

First Spanish-assembled Tiger makes first flight

This is an important achievement for both the Tiger program and for Eurocopter Spain,” said Juan Luis Cordero, the Eurocopter Tiger program manager in Spain. “The assembly of this helicopter was made possible thanks to a significant investment in both industrial and human resources and also to the close coordination with other entities in the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Aug-13

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First Tiger HAD delivered to French Army

First Tiger HAD delivered to French Army

[electronic translation] The first helicopter Tiger HAD version (for Helicopter Support Destruction), was delivered to the base of the light aircraft of the Army in Le Cannet des Maures in the Var. On this occasion, the Army General Bertrand Ract Madouxlaan, Chief of Staff of the Army, boarded the new Tiger and welcomed this important event, “the… Read more »

Source: French Army, 06-Jun-13

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OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR, EDA’s partner in developing European defence capabilities, manages the Tiger Helicopter programme on behalf of Germany, France and Spain. In a common approach towards personnel training, the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School (Deutsch-Französisches Ausbildungseinrichtung TIGER – DFAT) opened in 2003 in Fassberg, Germany. The mission of the School is to provide training to French… Read more »

Source: EDA, 07-May-13

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Eurocopter delivers first Tiger HAD variant to the French military

Eurocopter delivers first Tiger HAD variant to the French military

Eurocopter’s first production Tiger helicopter in the HAD attack configuration was delivered to France’s DGA armament procurement agency today for operation by French Army Aviation units, providing a highly capable combat weapon system that is tailored to the world’s evolving battlefield conditions. This milestone followed DGA qualification of the Tiger HAD version on April 10,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 22-Apr-13

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Spain ships three Tigers to Afghanistan

Spain ships three Tigers to Afghanistan

[electronic translation] In his first combat mission, the ‘Tiger’ capacities to provide protection and security to our forces in retreat Three helicopters ‘Tiger’ Battalion Attack Helicopter (BHELA) No. 1, located at the base ‘Coronel Sánchez Bilbao’ de Almagro (Ciudad Real), have been embarked today on a transport plane ‘Antonov’ for transfer to the base of Herat.There… Read more »

Source: Spanish Military, 28-Mar-13

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04-Mar-13 Eurocopter EC505 Tiger Linderhof, Germany

Crashed into a field and caught fire

04-Mar-13

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Eurocopter CEO sees German defence deal within months

Eurocopter CEO sees German defence deal within months

Eurocopter aims to reach a multi-billion dollar agreement with the German government in a few months on a downsized order for helicopters (see full story)

Source: Reuters, 07-Feb-13

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French military gives green light to Tiger HAD version

French military gives green light to Tiger HAD version

(electronic translation) On 14 January 2013, the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) gave the type certification of the Tiger combat helicopter version “support destruction” (HAD). DGA and certify the airworthiness of this version of Tiger. The establishment of the type certificate of the aircraft is an important milestone in the development of the new version… Read more »

Source: DGA, 25-Jan-13

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Cassidian to deliver test system for Tiger helicopter maintenance

Cassidian to deliver test system for Tiger helicopter maintenance

Cassidian has been awarded a contract from OCCAR Tiger Division to provide a turnkey test system to support the maintenance of opto-electronic equipment used on the German version of the Tiger helicopter. A key factor in the decision to use the Cassidian solution was its expertise in opto-electronic test engineering which has successfully supported many… Read more »

Source: EADS, 20-Dec-12

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Australian Tiger pilots strike after third “fumes” incident

Australian Tiger pilots strike after third “fumes” incident

Dozens of Australian Army pilots have conducted a mini-mutiny by refusing to fly new Tiger attack helicopters after aircrew were hit by cockpit fumes for the third time this year. The fleet was not grounded after the third incident. (see full story)

Source: News Corp, 05-Dec-12

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Germany commits Tigers and NH90s to Afghanistan

Germany commits Tigers and NH90s to Afghanistan

[Electronic translation from German]  Finally it’s done. After a demanding mission preparation, the first support Tiger helicopter go later this year to Afghanistan. There they will protect German soldiers from the air. Is the main task of the Tiger combat helicopter regiment 36 from Fritzlar be the first aerial reconnaissance. Furthermore, the Tigers afford fire… Read more »

Source: German Army, 25-Nov-12

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Philippine procurement board blocks attack helicopter purchase

Philippine procurement board blocks attack helicopter purchase

The inter-agency Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) has rejected a request by the Department of National Defense (DND) to acquire 10 attack helicopters from France through negotiated procurement. (see full story) We assume these would be Tiger helicopters

Source: Philippine Star, 13-Nov-12

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04-Nov-12 Eurocopter Tiger Cultana, Australia

A third “fumes in the cockpit” situation, repeating incidents from May and June

04-Nov-12

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Four Tigers delivered for deployment to Afghanistan

Four Tigers delivered for deployment to Afghanistan

A significant milestone in Eurocopter’s Tiger support helicopter program has been reached following the delivery of the first four helicopters to be upgraded for deployment to Afghanistan. This now leaves the German Army in possession of a complete batch of ASGARD helicopters – a vital prerequisite if the Tiger is to be deployed in theater… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 13-Sep-12

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Eurocopter kicks off the ILA Berlin Air Show

Eurocopter kicks off the ILA Berlin Air Show

Eurocopter will present its latest civil and military helicopters at the 2012 ILA Berlin Air Show, including the X3 high-speed hybrid demonstrator, the newly-developed EC145 T2, and the enhanced CH-53GA for the German Army – all of which underscore the company’s technological leadership and the capability to meet quality and performance demands of international customers…. Read more »

11-Sep-12

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Eurocopter to show special forces EC145T2 mockup at ILA Berlin 2012

Eurocopter to show special forces EC145T2 mockup at ILA Berlin 2012

EADS and its Divisions – Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – will present a broad selection of cutting-edge products, technologies and services at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2012, which takes place 11-16 September 2012. Eurocopter will have an extensive showing including AS350B3e, EC635, EC145T2 mock up as a special forces carrier, Tiger UHT (German… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Sep-12

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Australian Tigers return to the sky

Australian Tigers return to the sky

The suspension, which began on 26 June 2012, was put in place as a safety measure when fumes were detected in the cockpit of an aircraft that performed a precautionary landing at Shoalwater Bay training area the day before. Following a detailed investigation and assessment into the source of the fumes, the Army Operational Airworthiness… Read more »

Source: Australian Army, 14-Aug-12

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Australian Army grounds Tigers again

Australian Army grounds Tigers again

The suspension was put in place following the precautionary landing of a helicopter at the Shoalwater Bay training area on 25 June after the aircraft’s two-man crew detected fumes in the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely with no injuries to the crew or further damage to the aircraft. Defence is presently investigating the cause of… Read more »

Source: Australian Army, 26-Jun-12

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25-Jun-12 Eurocopter Tiger Shoalwater Bay, Australia

Fumes in the cockpit – led to fleet grounding (for second time)

25-Jun-12

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Australian Tigers resume flying operations

Australian Tigers resume flying operations

The Australian Army’s fleet of Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters (ARH) has returned to regular training activities following the lifting of a temporary suspension that was put in place on 16 May 2012 due to the detection of fumes in the cockpit of the aircraft. The Army Operational Airworthiness Authority lifted the suspension late yesterday following a… Read more »

Source: Australian Army, 30-May-12

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Australia grounds Tigers after cockpit smoke incident

Australia grounds Tigers after cockpit smoke incident

The Australian Army has suspended Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter flying operations for training activities due to a concern following the detection of fumes in the cockpit of one of the aircraft. The Australian Army has a fleet of 22 Tiger helicopters, 19 of which are in the fully capable configuration operating in the fleet. The… Read more »

Source: Australian DoD, 17-May-12

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16-May-12 Eurocopter Tiger Australia

Fumes in the cockpit – led to fleet grounding.

16-May-12

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Sagem signs support contract for STRIX sights on French Army Tigers

Sagem signs support contract for STRIX sights on French Army Tigers

Sagem (Safran group) signed a contract with SIMMAD to provide life-cycle support for the STRIX turret-mounted, gyrostabilized observation and sighting systems on Tiger HAP combat and fire support helicopters deployed by the French army’s air arm (ALAT). The five-year contract covers 50 STRIX systems and associated logistics. It includes support by the hour for curative… Read more »

Source: Sagem, 13-Jan-12

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Eurocopter Tiger flies in Malaysia at LIMA 2011

Eurocopter Tiger flies in Malaysia at LIMA 2011

Eurocopter stands ready to propose its latest-generation Tiger attack helicopter to bolster Malaysia’s defense capability as the company showcases this combat-proven multi-role aircraft during flight demonstrations at the 2011 Langkawi Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA). In a strong signal of its commitment to meet the operational needs of Malaysia’s military and civil sectors, Eurocopter will… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 05-Dec-11

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Final Australian Tiger handed over

Final Australian Tiger handed over

In a formal ceremony at the company’s facility in Brisbane, chief executive Dr Jens Goennemann said it was a great day for Australian Army Aviation, the ADF and Australian Aerospace. (see full story)

01-Dec-11

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New film release uses in-service French military helicopters

New film release uses in-service French military helicopters

The film “Forces spéciales” (Special Forces) is released in France today, and stars Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou and Benoît Magimel in the lead roles.  More importantly, it also stars the Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter. While the Tiger is no stranger to screen roles, with one of the prototypes having first appeared as such in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Nov-11

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Germany plans big cuts in military aircraft orders

Germany plans big cuts in military aircraft orders

Germany plans drastic cuts in military programs, including NH90 and Tiger which are currently being built by Eurocopter at their Donauworth plant.  While the German military has not released an official statement on this, the Financial Times recently quoted that the reductions would be Airbus A400M reduced from 53 to 40 units Eurofighter Typhoon from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-11

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Eurocopter ready to provide the appropriate defence platforms for Korea

Eurocopter ready to provide the appropriate defence platforms for Korea

In a strong signal of its capacity and capability to provide for South Korea’s defense needs, Eurocopter indicates its interest in participating in the two Request for Proposals (RFPs) likely to be issued in 2012, proposing the Panther platform for the Light Attack Helicopter (LAH) program and the Tiger for the Heavy Attack Helicopter (AH-X)… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 20-Oct-11

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Pair of protestors claim Bible motive in attacking Tiger

Pair of protestors claim Bible motive in attacking Tiger

Bryan Law 57 from Cairns Peace by Peace and Graeme Dunstan, 67 of Peace Bus were both arrested and placed in custody after being allegedly involved with damaging a Tiger attack helicopter at Rockhampton airport on Thursday.  Law will face five charges in a Rockhampton court on August 5, including two counts of wilful damage,… Read more »

25-Jul-11

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21-Jul-11 Eurocopter Tiger Rockhampton, Australia

21-Jul-11 Eurocopter Tiger Rockhampton, Australia

Helicopter attacked by peace activist while parked at Rockhampton Airport.  See also our story here

21-Jul-11

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MBDA’s PARS-3LR guided missile successfully tested on German Tiger

MBDA’s PARS-3LR guided missile successfully tested on German Tiger

Three firings, three hits! This is the impressive score of the test firing exercise conducted with the PARS 3 LR guided antitank missile system. For the first time, the test firings with warheads were carried out using a Tiger support helicopter of the German Army. All guided missiles hit their targets at the optimum point… Read more »

Source: MBDA, 24-May-11

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Austrian soldier convicted for passing Eurocopter secrets to Russia

Austrian soldier convicted for passing Eurocopter secrets to Russia

A court in Munich on Tuesday handed down a one-year suspended prison sentence to an Austrian soldier for providing the Russian secret service with secret information on a subsidiary of defense giant EADS.

01-Mar-11

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05-Feb-11 Eurocopter Tiger Lateh Band, Afghanistan

An ISAF helicopter has crashed in Afghanistan’s eastern district of Lateh Band, 30 miles east of Kabul.  Two pilots were slightly injured

05-Feb-11

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MTR390 engine hopes hang on sales of Eurocopter Tiger

MTR390 engine hopes hang on sales of Eurocopter Tiger

The MTR390 is in production for its single application, the Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter. Three nations have purchased the Tiger; Germany, France and Spain with a total of 206 aircraft on order. Eurocopter has been struggling to increase Tiger production and deliver helicopters to its customers. In 2009, seven aircraft were delivered which is half… Read more »

Source: Forecast International, 17-Jan-11

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Frist flight of Eurocopter Tiger HAD for France

Frist flight of Eurocopter Tiger HAD for France

Marignane, France, December 17, The first pre-serial Tiger HAD (fire support and destruction) for France made its maiden flight from Eurocopter’s Marignane, France facility. It marks an important step towards the Block I initial qualification of the Tiger HAD, which is one of four versions in Eurocopter’s multi-role Tiger combat helicopter family. During the next… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Dec-10

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Australian Tigers not ready for Afghanistan due to tough night flying spec

Australian Tigers not ready for Afghanistan due to tough night flying spec

The head of Eurocopter’s government programs, Dominique Maudet, says the Australian military insisted on installing external lighting above and beyond the requirements of the similar Tiger helicopters France has flown successfully in Afghanistan over the last year.

Source: Brisbane Times, 17-Oct-10

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Australia’s Tigers not combat-ready till 2012

Australia’s Tigers not combat-ready till 2012

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel says he is not concerned that Australia’s attack helicopter fleet will not be ready for full combat until December 2012.

Source: ABC, 11-Oct-10

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Flight tests begin for Eurocopter’s Tiger HAD support/attack variant in Spain

Flight tests begin for Eurocopter’s Tiger HAD support/attack variant in Spain

The first HAD support and attack version of Eurocopter’s Tiger helicopter has initiated its flight test program at the company’s Albacete facility in Spain. During the next 15 months, a full program of tests and development flights will be carried out to obtain the first qualific tion step (Block 1), which is scheduled for December… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 17-Sep-10

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German Tigers will not be ready before end of 2012

German Tigers will not be ready before end of 2012

German Tigers will not be ready before end of 2012

Source: HNA, 02-Sep-10

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Eurocopter Tiger completes 1,000 hours in Afghanistan ops

Eurocopter Tiger completes 1,000 hours in Afghanistan ops

The EC665 Tiger HAP (combat support) helicopter received its operational certification from NATO for the Afghan theater of operations in August 2009, just seven months after the final operational standard qualification was issued by government agencies in December 2008.  The fleet of three EC665 Tiger HAPs, operated by the French Army’s 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 30-Jul-10

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Eurocopter defends performance of Tiger attack helicopter

Eurocopter defends performance of Tiger attack helicopter

Eurocopter has rebuffed German media reports questioning the operational suitability of its Tiger attack helicopter, and says the type has passed the 20,000 flight hour mark without incident

Source: FlightGlobal, 09-Jun-10

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Germany suspends Tiger acquisition over wiring problems

Germany suspends Tiger acquisition over wiring problems

An internal ministry report obtained by Reuters on Tuesday said the step was being taken because of serious problems with the wiring of the helicopter built by EADS unit Eurocopter.

Source: Reuters, 25-May-10

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Tiger achieves major milestone for Australian Army

Tiger achieves major milestone for Australian Army

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science today announced the achievement of a major milestone in project AIR 87, the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter project.

Source: Australian Dept of Defence, 02-Oct-09

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Tigre flies with uprated engines

The MTR390-E (Enhanced) engine will equip the French-Spanish HAD variant, as well as the German UHT variant (for the last 16 UHTs).

Source: Rotorhub, 05-Aug-09

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Nexter Systems signs Turreted Gun System support contract with Australian Aerospace for ARH Tiger

Source: Nexter, 31-Jul-09

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Tigres arrive in Afghanistan

Source: Rotorhub, 28-Jul-09

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Australia eyes observer role for possible French Tiger deployment

Source: Rotorhub, 01-May-09

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