ARH also carries 68mm Belgian TDA/FZ unguided rockets rather than French SNEBs. Hellfire II
replaces Trigat (or HOT 3). The ARH gun is GIAT's 30mm DEFA M781 auto-cannon mounted in a THL30
chin turret. Decoy countermeasures consist of both flares and chaff.
 Four Eurocopter-built ARH were delivered to Australia by VDA An-124. The 18 remaining Australian
Tiger ARHs will be assembled in Brisbane by Australian Aerospace, a Eurocopter subsidiary. For more
details on A78 Tiger production, see: ADF Aircraft Serial Numbers.
 Compared to Canadian programs, ARH Tiger procurement was very brisk. Request for Proposal: May 1998,
Shortlist/Project Approval: 1999, Request for Tender: Dec 2000, Cabinet Approval: Aug 2001, Contract signed: Dec
2001, In service Dec 2004, Crew training: Jan 2005.
The RFT resulted in submissions from six firms: Agusta A129 Scorpion (Mangusta), Bell Viper
(Cobra), Boeing Apache, Denel Rooivalk, Eurocopter Tiger and Sikorsky 'AH-60L'
Battle Hawk (a Black Hawk with chin turret). Agusta, Boeing, and Eurocopter were short-listed.
 Many expected further Australian orders for S-70A Black Hawks. Earlier in 2004, both Sikorsky and
Eurocopter were invited to submit tenders for the project (the Agusta Westland EH-101 had already been eliminated).
Things fell into place when New Zealand also ordered the Eurocopter NH90 as replacements for RNZAF Hueys in
April 2005 – opening up more opportuities for joint maintenance, training, etc.
 Service entry and production completion (of those original 12 MRH90 airframes) is a year behind schedule due to