The Tiger is an air-to-air combat and fire support medium-weight - 6 tonnes - helicopter fitted with 2 MTR 390 engines. It is day and nighttime combat-capable and is operable in NBC environments. Three basic parameters were taken into account right from the start of the development phase: low -visual, radar and infrared -detectability, which provides excellent survivability on the battlefield, maximum efficiency of the weapons and the associated fire control systems without heavier workload for the crew, and an optimized logistic concept offering minimum possession costs. The Tiger ARH is fitted with a 30-mm gun turret; 68-mm submunition rockets, and air-to-air Mistral missiles. It also features a firing sight with 3 sensors: infrared, TV camera and direct optical channel. The complete avionics suite includes multi-purpose colour displays and radar/laser warning receivers. The integrated logistic system enables to drastically reduce the extent of maintenance work per flight hour, and keep the life cycle costs down. There are 3 versions: the Tiger UHT - Germany -, the Tiger HAP - France - and the Tiger ARH for Australia.
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