Eurocopter Sees Kiowa Upgrade As Biggest Rival For Armed Aerial Scout
By Anthony Osborne
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
The company is continuing to market the EC665 Tiger attack helicopter overseas, but opportunities have been affected by the Arab Spring, scuttling a much hoped-for sale to Jordan. However, opportunities remain with Qatar and also in Malaysia, company officials said. While Germany and Spain send their Tigers to Afghanistan, France has entered the type into its second conflict with operations in Mali. The French army is also getting ready to accept its first Tiger HAD models, capable of firing the Hellfire air-to-ground missile, after French defense procurement agency DGA certified the aircraft for service on Jan. 14.