France has suffered the first operational Tiger accident in Afghanistan when one of the rotorcraft suffered a hard landing on Feb. 4.
The French defense ministry says the helo was escorting others between the the Tora base in Surobi and Kabul. One of the two crew on board was slightly injured, the other suffered bruises.
The incident occurred in difficult terrain and adverse weather conditions, the ministry says. The cause of the accident has not been established, but initial indications are hostile fire was not to blame.
The Tiger is one of three France has stationed in Kabul. It is part of a French helicopter detachment that has been in Afghanistan for some time, with crew rotating through.
France is the first country to deploy the Tiger to Afghanistan, although Australia may do the same.