CH-53K King Stallion and CH-47F Chinook compete for the Bundeswehr
Military Media.Net - Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion and Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy transport helicopters will compete for contracts for the needs of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr).
Each manufacturer, Sikorksy (which is now fused to Lockheed Martin) and Boeing, on January 13 submitted their final offer for the Bundeswehr Schwerer Transporthhub program.
This heavy transport helicopter procurement program will acquire 44 to 60 new heavy transport helicopters for the Bundeswehr including its training package and spare parts service.
The winning heli will later replace the CH-53G helicopter fleet which is now operated by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe).
Referring to Global Flight data, Luftwaffe currently operates 78 CH-53G helicopters with an average age of 48.5 years. This heli is a VFW-Fokker production through a license during the Cold War.
CH-53 King Stallion is the latest variant of the CH-53 helicopter family from the CH-53E Sea Stallion base. This brand-new heli has been used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC). King Stallion is powered by three engines and can carry external loads weighing 12.2 tons to a flight distance of 204 km.
While the CH-47F, is also the latest variant of the CH-47 family from the CH-47E Chinook base. This US Army mainstay helicopter (US Army) is powered by two engines and uses a tanden rotor model, front and rear. Heli can carry external loads weighing 11.8 tons.
Sikorsky and Boeing, both US-based aircraft manufacturers, each partnered with local manufacturers to support the supply of helicopter components later.
The step was taken in order to get a plus that would affect Berlin's decision to choose the best helicopter