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As part of the Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) programme for the French and Spanish TIGER combat helicopters to the MkIII version, OCCAR has awarded three supplementary contracts to Indra, OCCAR writes in a press release.

According to OCCAR, the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system will be hardened against interference to meet the requirements of the future NATO Mode 5 standard. To increase the survivability of the Spanish TIGERs, the electronic combat system will be upgraded with chaff and flare for both low altitude and short range operations and high altitude and long range operations. The Spanish battle management system will receive an adapted command & control (SpC2) software that enables tactical data exchange via data link connections with other aircraft or with ground forces.

64 French and 18 Spanish MkIII TIGERS are scheduled to be deployed from 2030.