Airbus Receives Order for 7 Additional Tiger Choppers From France

AirbusFrance has placed an order for seven more Airbus-built Tiger attack helicopters in an effort to help French troops perform air-land operations in sub-Saharan Africa, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Pierre Tran writes the French defense procurement agency or DGA made the order on Dec. 17 through France’s Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation.

The report said DGA expects Airbus Helicopters to equip the aircraft with a new targeting system, engine, additional external combat fuel tanks and a capability to fire Spike and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles against targets.

The company is expected to begin deliveries in 2017 and continue through 2018, according to the report.

The Tiger aircraft works to help troops perform air-to-air combat, anti-tank warfare, reconnaissance and air-to-ground missile firing missions.

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