Germany: the announcement of the new transport helicopter for mid June
The CH-53K King Stallion and CH-47F Chinook are competing
The 80 Sikorsky CH-53G Sea Stallion helicopters in use in the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) will be withdrawn from service from 2025, the year when they should start replacing them with either Boeing CH-47F Chinhook or Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, which will become operational in the course of 2019 after the first deliveries to the body of the marinas started last May. The Federal Office for the Acquisitions of the German Armed Forces have in fact launched the call for the new heavy transport helicopter to be ordered between 44 and 60 specimens, in a competition that sees CH-53K very favorably due to the fact that in February 2018 a cooperation agreement was signed between Sikorsky and Rheinmetall with a view to replacing the dated Sea Stallion.
The announcement of the winner of the contract will be made next June 24 and the contract of € 6.4 billion will be signed by mid-2020, so as to lay the foundations also to create a training and training center for drivers and maintenance technicians. A heavy helicopter that once used will also be used in European terms as a support for French troops outside the European Union (EU).
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency