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Introduction

The Tiger HAD is Airbus Helicopter's multi-role attack helicopter. It is designed to perform armed reconnaissance, air or ground escort, air-to-air combat, ground firing support, destruction and anti-tank warfare, day or night and in adverse conditions.

The Tiger attack helicopter has proven its capabilities during operational deployments in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Libya and Mali. The enhanced Tiger HAD variant provides air-to-ground missile capability, improved target acquisition and ballistic protection, 14 percent more power, an evolved electronic warfare suite, and the latest interrogation systems.

Aircraft

Superior inside the cockpit

With its tandem-seat glass cockpit layout, both the pilot in the forward position and the aft-seated gunner can manage the weapon systems and primary flight controls, switching roles if necessary.

Each crew member’s pair of multifunction LCD displays is used to display sensor data and information on internal systems, as well as to interact with the aircraft's systems.

An additional display system is provided with the helmet-mounted display (HMD) – which presents flight and fire data with digitally-enhanced optics to the flying pilot. The HMD also enables the gunner to interact with, and control, the on-board weapon systems and view targeting data.

 
Powerful, modern and capable

The Tiger HAD is highly agile, benefitting from a 13-meter, four-bladed hingeless main rotor. It is likewise powerful, thanks to two enhanced MTR390 turboshaft engines.

Avionics incorporated on the Tiger HAD are the EUROGRID battlefield management and digital map display systems, integrated radio and satellite communications and data transfer links, an IFF transponder/interrogator, and a high-authority 4-axis digital automatic flight control system.

The gyro-stabilized roof-mounted sight has a TV camera, thermal imager, laser rangefinder, laser designator, and a laser spot tracker capable of simultaneously following up to four targets.

In addition, the Tiger HAD has combat external fuel tanks for longer mission flight times, an extended flight domain in which Spike and Hellfire anti-tank missiles can be fired, and digital communications for the modern digitized battlefield.

Tiger HAD Block 2 helicopters are also “navalized,” allowing operations from ships and in maritime environments.

 
Maintainable in the field

As demonstrated in operational deployments, the Tiger HAD is easy to maintain. It does not require heavy infrastructure for maintenance operations – including engine change – and the need for manpower is limited by design.

 
Survivable

The Tiger HAD’s agility during flight, combined with its flat and narrow silhouette, low radar infrared signature and passive weapon system, significantly reduce this helicopter’s vulnerability on the battlefield.

Further enhancing survivability are the Tiger HAD’s ballistic protection, high crashworthiness and self-sealing tanks, and system architecture with designed-in redundancies and segregation.

 

Missions

Ground attack

The Tiger HAD’s turreted gun is one of the most accurate and lethal weapons of its type, thanks to the efficient fire control system. The gun is linked to both the roof- and the helmet-mounted sights, enabling quick and easy target acquisition.
Total ammunition capacity is 450 rounds, with a firing rate of 750 rounds per minute.

68 mm. or 70 mm. unguided rockets can be swapped in place of the other weapon types without changes to the helicopter’s fixed parts. Capacity is up to 68 for the 68 mm. rockets, and 52 for the 70 mm. rockets. Growth potential exists for laser-guided rockets.

The Hellfire laser-guided and Spike ER infrared or fiber optics-guided air-to-ground missiles are qualified on the Tiger HAD, with both capable of 8,000 m. ranges in self designation mode.

 
Air-to-air

Four “fire and forget” Mistral air-to-air missiles and the Nexter 30M781 30 mm. turreted gun give the Tiger HAD a powerful air-to-air combat capability.

A total of four Mistral missiles are accommodated on outer launchers, with a range of up to 6,000 meters.

 

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