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France To Deploy Tiger Helo To Afghanistan
PARIS — France has decided to deploy its new Tiger attack helicopter to Afghanistan in a bid to reinforce its close combat attack capability and prove the new system in combat.
Speaking to reporters last week, Defense Minister Herve Morin said French President Nicolas Sarkozy had accepted his recommendation to field the aircraft, which army brass have been pushing for months. He indicated that three helicopters will be dispatched to replace older Gazelle rotorcraft currently deployed in the Afghan theater, and that they will arrive on station this summer.