Indra will improve the army’s Tigre attack helicopter mission planning system

The Subdirectorate for Armaments and Material Procurement (DGAM) has awarded the Spanish company Indra an order to expand the AMPS functions to support the Tigre HAD / E MR1 in the amount of 2.1 million euros. The name MR1 refers to the improvement of the maintenance software, in this case the Spanish Support and Destruction Helicopters (HAD E).

In February of last year, we analyzed the improvements being investigated for the Army’s Tigre attack helicopter included in the annual contract plan for that year. One of these improvements was the integration of the helicopter into the tactical network VMF / Link 16 via the AMPS VMF system (Automatic Mission Planning. System Variable Message Format) or the Automatic Mission Planning System.

Indra’s AMPS system is a solution for the preparation, execution and analysis of missions for air platforms. In order to carry out operations, it enables the integration of the data links of the platform, in this case the tiger, via radio links such as the aforementioned link 16. In this way, it informs about the actual situation of the platforms in flight and possible threats in views. 2D and 3D make it possible to update flight routes via a data link, manage warnings during the mission (risk of collision in flight, new threats, terrain profile, areas with poor visibility, lack of fuel or ammunition).

Tactical data links such as Link 16 allow information captured by sensors such as radars, IFF systems, electronic warfare devices, or other sources to be disseminated to aid decision-making by creating clearer situational awareness.

In October 2018, the OCCAR (Joint Organization for Armaments Cooperation) commissioned Airbus Helicopters on behalf of the French, German and Spanish Armaments Directorates (DGA, BAAINBw and DGAM) with the introduction of studies to reduce risks aimed at using the Tigre attack helicopter with new To equip skills that are adapted to the areas of application of the coming decades. The main objective is to prepare for development and armament in the areas of avionics, mission systems and weapons. Thales and MBDA will also participate in these studies.

It is worth remembering the words of then Defense Minister (SEDEF) Agustn Conde in 2017 when he stated that the Spanish Army’s Tigre helicopters had a high level of technological obsolescence, which was a development of the 1990s. Therefore, it was necessary to improve it by incorporating the latest technologies.

However, once the delivery of the 24 Tigre helicopters to the Spanish Army’s Air Force (FAMET) by Airbus helicopters is completed, the intention to decommission the first six HAP version aircraft will be maintained and their modernization will be discarded. are considered a temporary solution, so they are used as partial donors.

Eventually, Spain joined the future version of the Mk3, which it is participating in along with Germany and France, an initiative led by France, and has committed itself with MBDA to develop a new missile that Spain is not interested in. (Jos M Navarro Garca)

Photo: Two HA-28 Tigre of the Land Army Air Force (Land Army)

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