Spain has decided to withdraw its six original Tigre Helicópteros de Apoyo y Protección (HAP) support and protection helicopters from service and use them for spares and testing for the new Mk III version rather than convert them to the Helicóptero Apoyo y Destrucción (HAD) support and destruction standard.
Asked for confirmation of local media reports to this effect, the Spanish Army told Jane's on 27 February that the HAPs were "acquired as an interim solution until the development of the final version of the Tigre HAD. It is planned to use the HAP helicopters for the development of the prototype MK III (future attack helicopter) and to make use of common components of the HAP and HAD versions."
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