The Ecole de l'aviation légère de l'armée de terre is where future pilots learn to fly the EC665 Tigre attack helicopter, among others. (Image © Dennis Spronk)

France: extra Tiger attack helicopters

Airbus Helicopters chalked up an order for seven more Tiger attack helos from France on Tuesday 22 December. Deliveries of these additional helicopters are due in 2017 and 2018. The order brings the total number of Tigers that will eventually be operated by the French Army Aviation up to 67.

“The French Army Aviation have put the Tiger to the test in multiple theatres and the aircraft has proved essential to the success of their missions,” said Guillaume Faury, president and CEO of Airbus Helicopters in a statement on the additional Tiger order.

Military missions

Since July 2009, Tigers have been deployed continuously by the French Army in different areas, such as Afghanistan, Libya and the African Sahel region. While deployments in Afghanistan and Libya have come to an end, Tigers are still supporting missions in the Sahel, logging more than 2,000 flight hours since the start of deployment in January 2013.

To date, Airbus Helicopters has delivered more than 120 Tiger helicopters to France, Germany, Spain and Australia and the type has accumulated more than 68,000 flying hours.

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Featured image: A French Tiger attack helo. (Image © Dennis Spronk)