Germany plans to have four Tiger helicopters patrolling the close air space in the northern region of Afghanistan by the end of the year, two of which will serve as a technical reserve. Their mission profile will include reconnaissance, surveillance and convoy protection, and a first for German aircraft, they will be authorized to fire on the enemy using its 12.7 mm machine gun or 70 mm unguided rockets.
In view of the planned short-term availability of the helicopters in Afghanistan, training crews on Tiger helicopters has become an urgent requirement. After initial pilot and crew commander training at the Franco-German School (EFA) at Le Luc in the south of France, nearly 70 per cent of which is carried out on simulators, tactical training is continued at the German combat helicopter regiments at Fritzlar and Roth, each of which has two full mission simulators (FMS) and two cockpit procedure trainers (CPT) developed by Thales And Rheinmetall Defence Electronics. Network training can be carried out with the EFA at Le Luc, the regiments at Fritzlar and Roth, and the Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Information Technology (WTD 81).
Six of Attack Helicopter Regiment 36’s Tiger UHT aircraft are being modified for the Afghanistan Stabilisation German Army Rapid Deployment (ASGARD) role.