German Army Tiger UHT

The Eurocopter Tiger is an attack helicopter manufactured by the Eurocopter Group. In Germany it is known as the Tiger; in France and Spain it is called the Tigre. It is also designated the EC 665 or PAH-2.

In 1984 the German and French governments issued a requirement for an advanced multi-role battlefield helicopter. A joint venture consisting of MBB and Aerospatiale was subsequently chosen as the preferred supplier.


Due to high costs, the program was cancelled in 1986, but was re-launched during 1987. Subsequently, in November 1989, Eurocopter received a contract to build 5 prototypes. Three were to be unarmed test beds and the other two armed prototypes: one for the German anti-tank variant and the other for the French escort helicopter variant.

The first prototype first flew in April 1991. When Aerospatiale and MBB, among others, merged in 1992 to form the Eurocopter Group, the Tiger program was transferred as well. Serial production of the Tiger began in March 2002 and the first flight of the first production Tiger HAP for the French Army took place in March 2003. The delivery of the first of the eighty helicopters ordered by the French took place in September 2003.

At the end of 2003 deliveries began of the 80 UHT version combat support helicopters ordered by Germany to the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement.

TIGER Specifications
Type Attack Helicopter
Manufacturer Eurocopter
Accommodation One pilot and one gunner
Armament HAP 30mm gun turret; 68mm submunition rockets, and air-to-air Mistral missiles, UHT Trigat missiles, Hot missiles, 68mm rockets, 12.7 mm air-to-air gun pod and air-to-air Stinger missiles

Cruise speed 280km/h (150kts)

Main Rotor Diameter 51.8ft (15.8m)
Length 46.2ft (14.1m)
Height 12.5ft (3.8m)
Weight max weight 13,060lbs (5,925kg)
Powerplant Two MTU/Turbomeca/ Rolls-Royce MTR390 turboshaft engines producing 1,285shp (960kW) each
Variants Tiger HAP (French), Tiger UHT (German)