Rheinmetall and partner Thales have received a contract to continue providing support services for the Tiger attack helicopter simulators in France and Germany.

The four-year contract was awarded through the European Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR). It will run from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2025.

According to a Rheinmetall statement, the contract represents sales in the ‘low double-digit million-euro range’ for the company.

Under the contract, the two companies will upkeep a total of 20 modern Tiger simulators located at bases in Le Luc, Fritzlar, Pau and Phalsbourg. The contract work also includes providing maintenance support services.

These simulators include eight full-mission simulators and 12 cockpit procedure trainers that are designed to enable the helicopter crews to train using the latest configuration of the aircraft in service in respective countries.

The Rheinmetall statement said: “In the current order, Rheinmetall, Thales and OCCAR are building on years of successful cooperation in the field of simulation and training.

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“OCCAR contracted with the Tiger Aircrew Training Means (ARGE TATM) working group to modernise the simulators currently in use. ARGE TATM is a joint venture of Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH and Thales AVS France SAS. This project was successfully completed at the end of 2019.

“Future treatment of obsolescent features and further updates, such as the current installation of the latest maintenance releases, make continued cooperation in the Tiger domain appear likely, including follow-up orders.”

The EC665 Tiger helicopter is manufactured by Airbus Helicopters. It was developed for France and Germany in three configurations, UHT multi-role fire support for the German Army, HAD multi-role combat and HAP combat support for the French Army.