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Airbus Helicopters expects to launch a Tiger “Mark III” upgrade program with France, Germany and Spain by the end of 2020, ushering in the next evolution of the multi-role attack helicopter.
Company CEO Bruno Even called the Mark III program a “key milestone” in extending the life of the aircraft, currently in service with France, Germany, Spain and Australia, to beyond 2040.
Airbus has been working closely with the three European customers on the composition of the Mark III upgrade, which will include new avionics, mission and weapon systems.
“There are close technical discussions, and the objective is to converge [on the configuration] by the end of the year,” he said during a media conference call.
Even added that “depending on the customer, there could be a slight difference,” in each nation’s aircraft, but that the core of the upgrade would be the same.