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Tiger HAP  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 18 March 2005
Total Production: 36
Unitary Cost: USD$50 million
Also Known As: EC 665, Hélicoptère d'Appui Protection, Tiger HAP-E and Tiger HCP
Origin: France and Germany
Corporations: Airbus Helicopters
Parent System: Tiger
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 213
Total Cost: USD$14 billion
Family Members: Tiger ARH, Tiger HAD and Tiger UHT
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Description: The Tiger is a lightweight, two-seat, attack helicopter designed to perform a wide range of missions. It is available in combat fire support and anti-tank configurations. It features and advanced design with extensive use of composites and state-of-the-art avionics. It can accommodate anti-tank and air-to-air missiles, 68mm rockets, and small/medium caliber guns as well as advanced sights. The Tiger attack helicopter has been selected by the France, Germany and Australia for their armed forces. France plans to purchase up to 215 Tigers, Germany 212, and Australia 22 Tiger ARHs. Germany and France placed an initial order for 80 Tigers each through 2011. The Tiger helicopter features high survivability over preceding helicopter generations through reduced infrared, visual, radar and acoustic signatures. In addition, the cockpit can be ejected in the event of a fatal failure or damage, saving the crew. The Tiger also features low costs of ownership and reduced maintainability.

The Tiger HAP helicopter performs day/night combat fire support and air-to-air missions employing a nose-mounted 30mm gun, 68mm rockets, Mistral or Stinger air-to-air missiles and the Strix roof-mounted sight. Following the development of the more capable Tiger HAD version in conjunction with Spain, France switched half of its initial requirement for Tiger HAP (70) to the newest version. As a result of that, the French Army will receive 10 Tiger UHTs, 35 Tiger HAPs and 35 Tiger HADs from its first Tiger helicopters order. The first production Tiger HAP helicopter was accepted by the French Army Air Corps (ALAT) at Marignane, France, on March 18, 2005.

OCCAR, Rheinmetall and Thales signed a production contract, worth 236 million euros, of Tiger combat helicopter simulators. The signing ceremony was conducted in Bonn, Germany, on March 16, 2005. The contract calls for 18 simulators to be produced, nine mission simulators and nine trainers, with associated support equipment and services and an option for a further 11 simulators. Simulators will be based at joint Franco-German Tiger training center at Le Luc, France, and in operational regiments in both Germany (Fritzlar and Roth) and France (Pau and Étain). Around 60 pilots will be trained each year at Le Luc training center. Simulators deliveries are expected to begin in 2006 and will continue through 2012. The Australian Army will get four simulators, still under development, of its Tiger ARH with the first delivery anticipated in early 2006.

Tiger HAP Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 3.83 meter (12.6 foot)
Length: 15 meter (49 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
Main Rotor Diameter: 13 meter (43 foot)
Width: 4.52 meter
Max Range: 800 kilometer (432 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 2,570 shp
Cruise Speed: 64 mps (230 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 78 mps (280 kph)
Flight Endurance: 3.40 hour
Max Takeoff Weight: 6,000 kilogram (13,228 pound)
Payload: 1,800 kilogram (3,968 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Tiger HAP News

There are 10 news between
26 Mar 2003 and 1 Apr 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012TopOwl Deployed Successfully by USMC UH-1Y and French Tiger on the Battlefield
Thursday, January 12, 2012Sagem Signs Life-cycle Support Contract for STRIX Sights on French Army Tiger Helicopters
Wednesday, February 9, 2011TopOwl Helmet Deployed with French and US Forces in Afghanistan
Thursday, July 29, 2010French Army Tiger HAP Helicopter Achieves 1,000 Flight Hours in Operations in Afghanistan
Monday, December 29, 2008OCCAR Issues Tiger Helicopter Final Qualification of the HAP and UHT Versions
Thursday, June 21, 2007HAP Tiger Successfully Conducts Landing Tests on Surface Ships
Friday, March 18, 2005First Tiger HAP Handed Over to French Army
Wednesday, December 8, 2004Spain and France Launch Tiger HAD Development Work
Wednesday, September 10, 2003Spain to Buy 24 Tiger Attack Helicopters
Wednesday, March 26, 2003Production Tiger HAP Maiden Flight

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Grand Total 362
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