Designed by Eurocopter Group, a consortium of European countries, the Eurocopter Tiger is an attack helicopter that comes in many flavors, each configured for different roles.
UH Tiger (UHT) - Packing a heavier punch than the HAP, the UHT carries up to 8 Tigrat or HOT3 anti-tank missiles. SNEB rocket pods are also carried for engaging soft targets. The UHT does not have an integral gun/cannon. An external 12.7mm gun pod can be fitted if needed. The UHT is flown by the German Army.
Tiger ARH - An upgraded version of the Tiger HAP flown by the Australian Army. The upgrades include new engines, a laser designator for the Hellfire II anti-tank missiles that it carries.
Tiger HAD - An enhanced and upgraded HAP, with better engines and the ability to carry Tigrat anti-tank missiles. In use by the Spanish and French armed forces.
The Tiger carries a sophisticated sensors package mounted on the roof (above the rotors on the UHT variant) which contains an iinfra-red camera, tv camera and a direct optical channel.
For defence against enemy missiles, the Tiger also carries radar and laser warning receivers and flare launchers.
Eurocopter Tiger Specifications
The Tiger HAP's 30mm cannon is effective against both ground & air targets. This cannon, combined with Mistral air-to-air missiles, makes the Tiger HAP a formidable escort helicopter.
Australian Army Eurocopter ARH variant