The Spanish Government has announced its intention to purchase 24 Tiger
helicopters in the HAD (Helicoptere Appui-Destruction / Support-Attack
Helicopter) configuration for the Spanish Army. Spain will become
third European operator, fourth worldwide after Australia, of Eurocopter's
The Tiger HAD is a derivative of the Tiger HAP multi-role combat support
helicopter with 14% more powerful engines, a 30mm cannon, Mistral air-to-air
missiles, rocket pods and Trigat anti-tank missiles. The Trigat fire and forget
missile has been developed for the German Tiger UHT tank-killer helicopter.
The Tiger HAD variant will be jointly developed by companies from France and
Spain, such as EADS CASA, Eurocopter, Eurocopter Espana, INDRA, MTR and ITP. By
this way, Spain becomes the third major partner, along with Germany and France,
of the Tiger program.
Eurocopter Espana will be responsible for integration of the 24 Tiger HAD
helicopters, as well as, the rear fuselage for the Tigers produced by the entire
program, including export helicopters. A final assembly line should be set up in
Spain with first Tiger HAD helicopters delivered to the Spanish Army in 2007.
In addition, Spain could produce part of the Trigat LR anti-tank missile as an
offset for Tiger helicopter purchase.
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