Tiger Mk3 given go ahead

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced on May 7, 2018, that the European Tiger Mk3 programme will go ahead.

The Tiger Mk3 is a significant upgrade to the capabilities of the current Airbus Helicopters EC665 Tiger attack helicopter and is contracted through the European Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation on behalf of the French Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre, Spain’s Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra and Germany’s Heeresflieger.

Florence Parly said: “A true midlife upgrade, the ‘Tiger Standard 3’ will maintain the Tiger weapon system competitive beyond 2040 and capable of integrating future combat systems, to develop its collaborative combat capabilities to meet future threats.”

The Tiger Mk3 upgrade will cost up to €1 billion and deliveries are planned to begin in the next decade. A decision on whether the Mk3 standard helicopters will be an upgrade of the existing Tiger airframe or a new-build helicopter is yet to be announced. Nigel Pittaway