As part of the larger upgrade program, Safran Electronics & Defense received an order from the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) for its Euroflir 510 sights. The goal is to increase the performance of the French Tigers and eventually standardize all of them as HAD (support and destruction) – until now, HAD was one of the four standard production versions available.
The current Strix sight, also developed by Safran, which equipped the Tiger with a thermal imager, a daylight camera, and a laser designator, will be replaced by the new Euroflir 510, which is designed to offer optimal efficiency even when there’s poor visibility so that the Tiger can be equally performant during daytime and at night.
Some of this optronics system’s main features include a multi-spectral telescope with a long focal length, 12 sensors that don’t take too much of the helicopter’s volume, and four types of lasers. The Euroflir 510 also provides full-resolution digital video streams and what Safran claims to be a “high-performance” stabilization of the line of sight. As a result, the future Tiger crews will be able to operate more efficiently in unfavorable conditions and to conduct remote identification tasks of enemy threats easier.
The helicopters’ current optronics systems will gradually be replaced with the Euroflir 510 starting in 2027. This will add to the Tiger’s performance as a stealthy, light military helicopter (40% lighter than the AH-64 Apache), with remarkable range (it can fly over 497 miles/800 km at almost 196 mph/315 kph).