The Tiger Gunship is a versatile aerial unit of the ECA, possessing both air-to-ground rockets and air-to-air missiles in addition to the ability to deploy balloon air mines at the ECA general's discretion.
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.
Order the unit to continuously attack the target area.
Deploy Icarus Mine
Deploy an Icarus baloon mine at the Tiger Gunship's current position. The baloon mine detonates when an enemy aircraft enters a radius of 20 around it, causing 100 to 40 GATTLING damage over a radius of 30 to 70. 16 seconds cooldown.
The Tiger Gunship also appears in ShockWave, another Zero Hour mod by SWR Productions, where it belongs to the vanilla Chinese faction.