Use of the Tiger by Army Aviation has been a long time coming. It eventually won a competition on 21 Dec 2001, for an Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) started in 1998, against the AH-64D, Agusta 129, the South African Rooivalk, Bell AH-1Z and the S-70 Battlehawk.
First 4 delivered directly by Eurocopter in Dec 2004 and the rest were assembled locally by Australian Aerospace at Brisbane, the last of the initial batch of 22 on 1 Dec 2011.
Replaced the Kiowa and Huey on operations.
Final Operating Capability achieved by 1st Aviation Regiment on April 2016.
As of April 2019, the 22 helicopters have surpassed 30,000 flight hours.
On July 2019, Australian Department of Defence started the process of replacing the Tiger requesting proposals to Bell and Boeing.
Airbus Offering Australia Tiger Beyond 2040, 29-Aug-19 : #Tiger Airbus responded Australian Request for Information (RFI) for the Tiger replacement Project LAND 4503 claiming AUD 3 billion in savings if chosen against Bell or Boeing proposals
Australian Army Tigers Aboard Canberra for IPE 19, 02-May-19 : #IPE19 Australian Army’ Tiger helicopters aboard HMAS Canberra for Indo Pacific Endeavour (IPE) deployment
Support Contract Extension for Australian Tiger, 17-Apr-19 : #Tiger Airbus Australia Pacific received a 5-year contract extension to support the 22 Australian Army’s Tiger helicopters
Airbus Instructor Sets World Record on NH90 and Tiger, 13-Sep-18 : #pilot Airbus Australia flight instructor Matt Barker is the first pilot in the world to achieve 1000 flight hours on both the ARH Tiger and MRH90 Taipan helicopters
Australian Tiger Achieves 2,000 Flight Hours, 15-May-17 : Australian Army Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) serial number #001, delivered back in December 2004, has achieved 2000 flying hours, the first Tiger in the global fleet
Australian Defence Force Exercise Jericho Dawn, 21-Mar-16 : Australian Army and the RAAF conducted live fire demonstration at the Puckapunyal Military Area in Victoria as part of Exercise Jericho Dawn
Airbus Australia Joint Military/Civilian Support Centre, 22-Apr-15 : The Australian Defence Force and Airbus Group Australia Pacific have commissioned a joint support centre on Brisbane Airport to be staffed by civilian and Defence personnel.
|More News ...|
| 20-Oct-14 - Australian Army Tiger Data Link Upgrade |
13-Oct-14 - BAE Systems APKWS Tested on Australian Tiger
05-Sep-14 - Thales boosts Australian Tiger helicopter simulator
01-Dec-11 - Australian Aerospace Delivers Final Tiger to Defence
|Years||Units||bold : Current base of the Unit|
|2008/13||6th Aviation Regiment|| Oakey |
|2008/||1st Aviation Regiment|| Robertson Barracks |
|2004/||161 Reconnaissance Squadron|| Darwin Intl |