The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, reported on 2 August that it had received the last of 68 Unterstützungshubschrauber Tiger support helicopters from Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth, southern Germany, on 25 July.
The first Tiger was delivered in 2005. The intervening 13 years, and especially the Tiger’s deployment to Afghanistan and Mali, have seen the helicopter’s requirements constantly change, the BAAINBw said.
During the handover ceremony in Donauwörth, the commander of the International Helicopter Training Center and of German army aviation, Colonel Ulrich Ott, said the Tiger had proven itself in Afghanistan and Mali and would be important for the NATO Response Force (NRF) Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023.
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