Tiger is a product of a join-venture of Aerospatiale and MBB projected at the end of the
70s and started in 1984. The French-German Tiger was designed as anti-tank and attack
helicopter to replace both the French Gazelle and the German Bo 105. The Tiger has the
traditional tandem-seat arrangment of such types, with mast-mounted or roof-mounted
sighting systems. Service entry is now expected in 2002, after considerable delay.
The Tiger HAP is an air-to-air combat and fire support medium-weight (6 tonnes)
helicopter fitted with 2 MTR 390 engines. It is daytime and night combat capable and is
operable in NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) environments. Three basic parameters were
taken into account right from the start of the development phase: low (visual, radar and
infrared) detectability, which provides excellent survivability on the battlefield,
maximum efficiency of the weapons and the associated fire control systems without heavier
workload for the crew, and an optimized logistic concept offering minimum possession
The Tiger HAP is fitted with a 30-mm gun turret; 68-mm submunition rokets, and
air-to-air Mistral missiles. It also features a firing sight with 3 sensors: infrared, TV
camera and direct optical channel. The complete avionics suite includes multi-purpose
color displays and radar/laser warning receivers.
The Tiger UHT is a multi-role fire support helicopter. The Trigat Fire and Forget
missiles and/or the HOT missiles it carries offer anti-tank capability, while 68-mm
rockets ensure air-to-ground fire support. A 12.7 mm air-to-air gun pod and air-to-air Stinger
missiles can also be installed.
The helicopter also features a mast-mounted sight with a second-generation IRCCD
infrared channel and a TV channel, as well as a nose-mounted IRCCD control FLIR for the
Countermeasures include radar/laser/missiles launch/missile approach warning receivers
and decoy launchers.
The Tiger HAC is an anti-tank helicopter which supports the same equipments as the Tiger
UHT. Weaponry includes Trigat and/or HOT anti-tank missiles and air-to-air Mistral
||Two MTU/Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca MTR 390 turboshafts
||2x 1,285 HP
||2x 958 kW
||1428 sq ft
||132.7 sq m
||373 mi or 2 hrs 50 min
||1x GIAT AM-30781 30mm cannon, 2x SNEB 68mm rocket pods, 8x
HOT2 or 8x Trigat anti-tank missiles, 4x Stinger or
4x Matra Mistral air to air missiles
||Two (pilot and weapons operator)
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