Airbus has responded to
the Commonwealth of Australia’s Request for Information
for the Project LAND4503 Armed Reconnaissance Capability.
The RFI is looking for the best solutions for the army’s future armed reconnaissance
Airbus is the manufacturer of the tandem seat
Tiger helicopters introduced to the Australian Army in 2004.
Eighteen of the 22 units were assembled at the Airbus site in
Airbus says that its proposal will save
the Australian Army and taxpayer more than AUD3 billion against the expected budget for LAND4503.
“Tiger is an
extremely agile, effective, and digitally connected armed
reconnaissance helicopter,” said Andrew Mathewson, Airbus
Australia Pacific Managing Director. “Since delivery, the
Australian Tiger has matured into a fully operational army
capability, and is integrated into the combined arms team. It
continues to prove itself as an adaptable platform, and is now a
key element of Australia’s amphibious capabilities on-board the
Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks.”
The Tiger fleet has proven itself in diverse
and extreme environments around the world with 120,000 flights
hours logged by international operators, including more than
30,000 in Australia.
It has provided support to counter insurgency
operations in Mali, security operations in Afghanistan, and
amphibious strike in Libya, operating reliably in the harsh
extremes of heat and cold of the desert and in the maritime
Globally, 181 Tigers have been delivered to Australia,
France, Germany and Spain.
First deployed by the French Army in
Afghanistan in 2009, Tiger continues to demonstrate its essential
role in theatres of operation as a highly versatile, stealthy, and manoeuvrable attack helicopter.