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Eurocopter has Received DGA Military Certification and OCCAR Qualification For the Combat Support HAP Tiger Helicopter

Marignane, 31 March 2004

The French Armament Agency DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement), through its aircraft department SPAé (Service des Programmes Aéronautiques), has granted Eurocopter the military type certification for the HAP version of the TIGER combat helicopter on March 29th. In addition the European Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation OCCAR has granted the qualification for this helicopter version on March 30th. Both events are being considered as major program milestones for Eurocopter in the Tiger program.

Type certification and qualification are the decisive prerequisites for the delivery of the Tiger to the French armed forces which will commence shortly. “Today’s assertion of the DGA and OCCAR is a great success for Eurocopter as it attests that the Tiger’s extremely high standard of technology is ready for equipping the French Army” says Fabrice Brégier, CEO and President of Eurocopter.

This qualification entails the entire weapon system of the French Tiger version as well as the general avionic system and vehicle part that are common for all Tiger versions. The work for certification and qualification assessment has been done through specialists of DGA and BWB (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung), including tests performed at French and German official test centers. The extension of certification and qualification to the German UHT version is planned in the next three months. A complementary certification and qualification for integrated Electronic Counter Measures is already scheduled for the second semester of 2004.

Fabrice Brégier added: “I consider this as one of the final evidence of Europe’s ability to produce globally leading military technology.” The combat helicopter Tiger is a true European aeronautical success story. Today France and Germany have ordered 80 helicopters each, including 70 HAP for France and 80 UHT for Germany. In addition Australia has ordered 22 Armed Reconnaissance Tiger helicopters and Spain has official announced to procure 24 Tiger’s in the HAD version. Furthermore Spain is expected to become the third official member of the Tiger program soon. Until today the Tiger has already flown more than 4.000 flight hours during its development phase.

The Tiger features latest state-of-the-art technology. The weapon system consists of a gun turret that is considered the best in the world today in terms of performance. The Tiger also has self-defence and ‘Fire and Forget’ air-to-air missiles with infrared guidance, rockets, second generation HOT and Hellfire anti-tank weaponry, and third-generation Trigat missiles with infrared homing. The Trigat missile helps to reduce the vulnerability of the Tiger after firing and removes all risk of collateral damage, as the seeker locks on to the target before firing. The target is detected, designated, and identified in advance.

The modular design concept of the Tiger enables it to be a multi-mission platform from the outset. The basic helicopter can be equipped with different operational systems, providing indepth flexibility and multi-functionality. The Tiger has all-weather, day-and-night operational capability.

Over 80 percent of the airframe is made of composites, which means less weight, better crash resistance and a low electromagnetic signature. The Tiger benefits from new-generation engines and rotors, and a glass cockpit with optimised man-machine interfacing that decreases crew workload. An integrated helmet system and a forward-looking infrared visionics piloting system facilitate missions by night and in adverse weather conditions. The Tiger's equipment also includes a third-generation, opto-electronic target identification and acquisition system.

The future, multi-function version of the Tiger, designated HAD and selected by France and Spain, will also benefit from more powerful engines. The first prototype Tigers weighed 6.1 metric tons. The new engines will allow the mass to be sizably increased to 6.6 tons and, despite the increase in functions and the addition of the anti-tank capability, the new version Tiger will keep the same levels of performance in terms of speed and manoeuvrability as the HAP (Combat Support Helicopter).

With a mass of 6.6 metric tons, the Tiger is the only combat helicopter in the world that can independently perform a whole range of missions that normally require two to three aircraft from the five- to nine-ton weight category.

Eurocopter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2003, EADS generated revenues of € 30.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 100,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the second-largest missile producer in the global market. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.

For further information, please contact:
Jean-Louis ESPES
Eurocopter
Aéroport International Marseille Provence
13725 Marignane Cedex - France
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 42 85 95 55
Fax: + 33 (0)4 42 85 95 64

Chantal LINARES
Eurocopter
Aéroport International Marseille Provence
13725 Marignane Cedex - France
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 42 85 95 55
Fax: + 33 (0)4 42 85 95 64



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