Airbus Helicopters has been contracted by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) to supply additional Tiger hélicoptère appui-destruction (HAD) attack helicopters for the French Army Aviation.

Under the deal, the company will deliver seven additional attack helicopters to the French Army Aviation, increasing the army’s fleet of Tigers helicopters to 67.

The company will deliver the additional helicopters between 2017 and 2018.

Airbus Helicopters president and CEO Guillaume Faury said: "The French Army Aviation has put the Tiger to the test in multiple theatres and the aircraft has proved essential to the success of their missions.

"This additional order for seven Tiger HADs is a clear indication of its performance and we are proud to be able to support the French armed forces in their most demanding operations."

Tiger helicopters feature flat and narrow silhouette, and offers low detectability and vulnerability, as well as high survivability, agility and manoeuvrability.

Suitable for both symmetric and asymmetric battlefields, the helicopters are installed with 30mm turret cannon and a range of wing-mounted missiles, as well as rockets with effective warfare system.

The French Army has deployed Tiger helicopters in different areas, such as Afghanistan, Libya and Sahel, since July 2009.

The Tigers are currently participating at missions in Sahel, while deployments in Afghanistan and Libya have been concluded.

The helicopters can also be navalised and operated from sea, which was demonstrated in 2011 by the French Army Aviation operating off the Libyan coastline.

According to the company, it has supplied around 120 Tiger helicopters to France, Germany, Spain and Australia, to date.

Image: Airbus Helicopters to deliver additional Tiger HAD attack helicopters to French Army Aviation. Photo: ©Airbus Helicopters A. Pecchi.