Up to 5,000 US troops are reinforcing the 4,500 German soldiers in northern Afghanistan. Guttenberg welcomed the availability of US combat helicopters. Germany is not ready to send its own Tiger combat helicopters to Afghanistan.
US helicopters already provided medical evacuation of German soldiers under fire on 2 April. During McChrystal's visit, Guttenberg awarded the Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Gold (Bundeswehr Cross of Honor in Gold) to 14 US helicopter crew members in their absence for this mission.
What are the issues with the Tigers? I would have thought this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use these expensive machines and show what they can do.