21 November 2011 - by Tony Osborne - shephardmedia.com
Germany Army Tiger attack helicopter crews have been carrying out live fire training in preparation for an October 2012 deployment of the helicopter to Afghanistan.
The exercises held at Bergen, near Munster, were conducted in mid-November in conjunction with forward air controllers by aircrews from Fritzlar-based 36 Helicopter Regiment, with crews firing 70mm rockets, HOT missiles and the 12.7mm pod-mounted gun.
'In view of the upcoming deployment, it is important for us to practice shooting and strengthen the interaction with the troops fighting on the ground,' said Captain Sven Kaiser of the regiment.
The German Army uses the UHT version of the Tiger which features the Sagem-built Osiris targeting sight fitted to the rotor mast but no nose-mounted gun.
Aircraft being deployed to Afghanistan are being modified under Project ASGARD (Afghan Security German Army Rapid Deployment), a UOR programme involving around eight Tigers, which is designed to make the aircraft interoperable with aircraft from other nations involved in the fight in the northern Afghan provinces currently controlled by German forces.
ASGARD modifications include engine filters for the aircraft to operate in sandy and hot climates, a communication equipment upgrade as well as modifications to the helicopter avionics, and exterior lighting system enhancements for night-time operations.