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Spain's Army Airmobile Forces showcase new Tiger HAD attack and destruction helicopter

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World Defense & Security News - Spain
 
 
Spanish Army's Airmobile Forces showcase new Tigre HAD attack and destruction helicopter
 
The new version of the Airbus' Tigre attack helicopter, known as Tigre HAD (Hélicoptère d'Attaque et de Destruction) has been presented to the public by the Spanish Army on March 4, at the "Coronel Maté" airbase in Colmenar Viejo (Madrid), Headquarters of the Spanish Army Airmobile Forces.
     
The new version of the Airbus' Tiger attack helicopter, known as Tiger HAD (Hélicoptère d'Attaque et de Destruction) has been presented to the public by the Spanish Army on March 4, at the "Coronel Maté" airbase in Colmenar Viejo (Madrid), Headquarters of the Spanish Army Airmobile Forces.
Spanish Armed Forces' new Tigre HAD attack and destruction helicopter
     
The Tigre HAD was exposed to the media, which could see it in static and flight one of the first two units that have been delivered over a total of 18 acquired by the Spanish Army. The Tigre helos will be flight by the Attack Helicopter Battalion ( BHELA) I, in Almagro (Ciudad Real) according to the delivery schedule established with the company Airbus Helicopters.

The two first Tigre HAD helicopters were delivered to the Spanish Army in last December.

This new version, also called "the Spanish one", will replace the one currently in use, which is the French version or HAP (Helicopter d'Appui et de Protection), of which BHELA I has six units. These six units were deployed in Afghanistan.

The Tigre HAD offers numerous advantages and significant improvements, especially in weapons, engine and sight; among other differences, include additional 500 kilos in maximum takeoff weight to achieve the 6,600 kilos, the increase of the engine capacity by 14%, an additional ballistic protection for pilot and shooter cockpits, the installation of a second radio, the replacement of analogue recording data by a digital one, an improved viewfinder and the ability to mount 70 mm-rocket launchers.

Spanish new attack helicopters are also incorporate the Spike-ER air-to-ground guided missile, which has a range of up to 8,000 meters.