6-Jun-2013 Source: 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 gunship is an inseparable partner of infantry and cavalry in contact with the enemy. “
The Tiger HAD is the second standard helicopter the Army after the now well-known Tiger HAP (support protection) which is essentially a weapon barrel 30 mm and 68-mm rockets.
For the replacement helicopters Gazelle Viviane’s mission attack and antitank, the HAD Tiger is equipped with Mistral air-to-air and air-ground AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. The HAD version of the Tiger also has an improved ballistic protection against small arms fire and a new optronic sighting system.
The first HAD should be assigned to the 1st Regiment of gunships Phalsburg from 2014.