(03 Mar 2022, 11:18 +07)
The Organisation for Joint Armament
Cooperation (OCCAR), on behalf of the French and Spanish Armament General
Directorate, the DGA (Direction Gnrale de lArmement) and the
DGAM (Direccin General de Armamento y Material) has awarded a
contract to Airbus Helicopters for the development, production
and initial in-service support of the Tiger MkIII attack
helicopter upgrade programme.
The contract includes the
upgrade of 42 aircraft for France – with the possibility to add
another 25 helicopters, and 18 for Spain. The deal also provides the possibility for Germany to join the
Tiger MkIII programme at a later stage.
The first prototype is scheduled for an
inaugural flight in 2025, with first delivery to the French Armament
General Directorate (DGA) scheduled to take place in late 2029, followed by
a first delivery to Spain in 2030.
The inaugural flight of the first Tiger MKIII prototype is scheduled for 2025
Development and upgrade work
will be conducted in Airbus Helicopters facilities in Albacete
(Spain), Marignane (France) and Donauwörth (Germany).
Tiger MkIII programme will provide a European answer to the need
for a state-of-the-art attack helicopter for the decades to come.
With this upgrade, the Tiger will remain an essential and modern
asset to its armies and reinforce defence cooperation in Europe,
said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. The Tiger MkIII will have no equivalent in the world for high intensity
operations and will further improve the connectivity, precision,
and fire power capabilities of the current Tiger.
MkIII is a comprehensive upgrade of the European attack
helicopters systems. The new
standard will allow the platform to be connected to the digital
battlefield in order to perform manned-unmanned teaming, as well as
share tactical information in real time. It will also provide an
unrivaled range of weapons (turret gun, laser-guided rockets and
missiles) and renewed detection and targeting capabilities. The
integration of state-of-the art avionics will reduce the crews
workload and enable them to be fully focused on mission execution.
The Tiger MkIII standard configuration will include the
integration of the Safran Strix NG sights, the Thales FlytX
avionics suite, the Topowl DD helmet-mounted sight display, an Indra IFF upgrade, Thales GNSS, and Safrans inertial navigation
system. The communication suite will be upgraded with Thales
Contact/Synaps radio and data links dedicated to manned/unmanned
teaming. Moreover, for Spain Link16 and SATCOM functionalities
will be included.
The Spanish Tiger MkIII will feature a
battlefield management system and countermeasures provided by Indra, whereas the French Tiger MkIII will be equipped with a
battlefield management system by ATOS and countermeasures provided
The new weapon package for France will include the MBDA
MAST-F (Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile) and Mistral 3
air-to-air missile. For Spain, new capabilities will include 70mm
guided rockets and a new air to ground missile.