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German Tigers grounded (Shift)

(Credit: Bundeswehr/Trotzki)

(BRUSSELS2) After the crash of a Bundeswehr Tiger combat helicopter on Monday evening (March 4) in the Bavarian Alps, all German helicopters of this type have been banned from flying for the moment, announces my colleague T. Wielgod from Augengeradenaus. The same precautionary principle applies to the 4 tiger helicopters on mission in Afghanistan, the German Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday.

The helicopter crashed near Ettal (Garmisch-Partenkirchen district) around 20 p.m. while carrying out a mountain flight training mission. The two pilots – who belong to the 36th Fritzlar attack helicopter regiment – ​​were injured but were able to leave the machine alone. They are hospitalized at Ulm hospital for verification. The helicopter caught fire and was destroyed. The circumstances are currently unknown and a team of investigators is on site, the Bundeswehr said.

The destroyed aircraft was in ASGARD (Afghanistan Stabilization German Army Rapid Deployment) configuration. Which makes the loss all the more “serious” explains my colleague Wielgold since the German army had only received 7 aircraft in this reinforced version (the delivery of an eighth was planned soon).

The German army had a fleet of 29 Tiger combat helicopters (28 machines from now on). In total, it should have 40. Which is far from the figure planned in the initial order (80 machines), a figure revised downwards in May 2010, when certain investments were called into question, due to restructuring and budget tightening.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).