Airbus Helicopters and OCCAR (Organisation
Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement) have signed a tri-lateral Global
Support Contract aimed at boosting the availability rate of the
Tigers in service in the French, German, and Spanish armies.
this long-term support agreement, Tiger readiness and
supportability will be secured for the next decade and beyond. The contract covers critical items such as continuous improvement and
obsolescence treatment as well as securing repair and spares capabilities with all vendors involved.
The contract also provides
for the individual needs of each customer in line with their operational and deployment scenarios. For instance, in France, the
agreement guarantees parts availability up to 98% and provides for
the simplification of logistics as Airbus Helicopters will also
directly take over the provisioning of new parts, as well as
repaired parts and other expendables.
“We are proud to be
providing long term and additional support to Tigers, especially
when some of those Tigers are continuously deployed in important
operational theatres. This contract allows our customers to
reliably plan their support activities for the next decade,” said
Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO.
At present 183 Tigers have
been delivered to France, Germany, Spain, and Australia, and have
accumulated over 130,000 flight hours to date.
First deployed by
the French Army in Afghanistan in 2009, and then shortly followed
by the German and Spanish Armies, the Tiger continues to
demonstrate its essential role on theatres of operation as a
highly versatile, stealthy, and maneuverable attack helicopter.