The Eurocopter Tiger was first conceived as a joint venture between France and West Germany in the early 1980s. However, when the new helicopter started to see action during NATO operations in Afghanistan, a series of problems became apparent: The German UHT variant was designed as a missile-armed support helicopter for use against Soviet era tank armies and had to make do with a static 12.7mm gunpod rather than a proper autocannon turret, making it unsuitable for counter-insurgency operations. In addition, the wiring in these early models was flawed, forcing the Tigers to remain on the ground for most of the time. Whilst the French HAP variant fared better in combat and was used as the basis for additional export versions, the German Tigers would not receive the necessary upgrades for years due to a general neglect of military matters by the government and thus delivered an abysmal performance during the GLA's incursion into Central Europe in 2028.
After the civilian governments of Europe had collapsed in the wake of the attack, the Bundeswehr assumed temporary control of Germany and proceeded to develop a new version to iron out these critical flaws: Commonly dubbed the 'Koenigstiger' by the Germans, the updated model was armed with two chin-mounted, high-capacity rocket pods linked to the pilot's HUD that could be aimed in the same way as a turret, allowing the Tiger to lay down a deadly accurate barrage of high-explosive/armor-piercing rockets in addition to taking on flying targets with Starstreak anti-air missiles. Further adding to the gunship's versatility, it is also able to deploy the Icarus balloon mine to lock down down the airspace above an area of operations. The new Tiger showed its superiority during Operation Nemesis and was soon adopted by both the ECA and, somewhat ironically, the French Army as well.
The Tiger Gunship is a versatile, multi-purpose helicopter. It equipped with 2 armaments; high-explosive rocket pods are used for attacking ground units while the Starstreak missiles are used for against air.
It has its own area denial weapon, which can deploy Icarus balloon mine on air which blocks the aircrafts where they usually pass. It only deploys one balloon mine per one Tiger Gunship and will reload after several seconds.
This helicopter rather take long time to deploy, same goes to Harrier, difficult to produce mass of these quickly
The Tiger Gunship is good for air support, able to eliminate any vehicles with ease, especially when multiple Tiger Gunships are deployed. It can also eradicate tank columns in a short time, as Tiger Gunship dedicated as anti-tank helicopter. The rockets have also fast reload time.
Additionally, it has anti-air missiles which can engage air units; of these missiles are effective against it and can toe-to-toe against helicopters that has anti-air missiles.
It can also place Icarus Balloon Mine on the air, creating obstacles for enemy aircrafts. It can be used to prevent any aircrafts entering to base
It rather can easily be shot down by the anti-air vehicles, especially when mass of them. Another of its biggest threat is the heavy anti-air vehicles, taking the Tiger Gunships down very easily.
Its build time takes a long time before deploying, and somewhat quite expensive. If destroying one will take more time to build one and have impact effect on economy.
Its rockets do not fare well against base defenses, even mass of these will not work still, same with Harrier.
- The Tiger Gunship also appears in ShockWave, another Zero Hour mod by SWR Productions, where it belongs to the vanilla Chinese faction.