Germany chooses the CH-47F Chinook heavy helicopter to replace its CH-53G

After more than a year of hesitation, Berlin has finally made its decision regarding the replacement of its CH-53G heavy transport helicopters. According to the German press, the German Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht would indeed have chosen the model proposed by Boeing, the CH-47F Chinook, instead of the CH-53K, to equip the Bundeswehr. The main argument in favor of the Boeing aircraft is obviously its price for purchase but also for maintenance, Berlin planning to acquire 60 aircraft for €5 billion, whereas it would have been possible to acquire only 40 CH-53K for the same amount. In addition, the Chinook is already employed by…

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Britain orders 14 MH-47G Chinook heavy helicopters

The Royal Air Force will continue to deploy the CH-47 Chinook heavy helicopter for many years to come. Indeed, an agreement was signed on March 25 between the British authorities and the Pentagon, concerning an order for 14 MH-47Gs as well as engines, armament and defense systems, for a total amount of $2 billion. This order, under discussion since 2018 and initially for 16 aircraft, will ultimately be postponed for 3 years at the request of the British authorities, in order to absorb the budgetary effects of the Covid19 crisis. The new aircraft will replace the oldest of the 60 CH-47s still in service in…

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Despite the Covid19 crisis, Italy will increase its defense budget by nearly 10% in 2021

Italy was one of the countries most affected by the first wave of the Covid-19 virus this spring, with nearly 250.000 cases diagnosed and 35.000 deaths. It was also one of the most affected economically, with a fall in its GDP of more than 12%, without taking into account the effects of the current second wave. It is also the best-off European country in the Brussels recovery plan, with no less than €209 billion allocated to it to rebuild its economy, almost 30% of the overall envelope of this plan. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the authorities…

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Can we develop a heavy European high performance helicopter?

After several months of uncertainty, the German authorities have announced that they are ending the procedure aimed at acquiring a heavy helicopter from the United States to replace its fleet of CH-53s reaching the end of their age. Although no additional information on German ambitions in the field has been given, it could well be a unique opportunity for Europe to finally acquire a device of this type, as it represents, after the United States, the largest western world market for this type of military aircraft. Indeed, in addition to Germany, 5 European armies today use this type of aircraft, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece and the United Kingdom. When to…

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Covid-19: Singapore delays deliveries of submarines and helicopters, but continues defense modernization

According to Defense News, the Singapore Armed Forces recently made announcements about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their materiel acquisition programs. The main delays should concern the deliveries of new generation submarines and transport helicopters planned for this year, and which should be postponed by one or two years. The planning for the purchase of F-35B stealth combat aircraft would not, however, be impacted by the current crisis, for the moment. If the Asia-Pacific region was one of the first affected by the pandemic, the situation now seems to be almost back to normal in Singapore, which has been able to effectively manage the…

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Covid-19: Air Force renounces heavy helicopters, but not modernized capabilities

A few months ago, confirmation by Aviation Week that the French Air Force was ready to lease and then acquire heavy CH-47 Chinook helicopters caused a stir. It must be said that the needs for heavy transport helicopters are enormous, especially to support French operations in Africa. With the acquisition of a small number of CH-47s, France would then no longer have been dependent on the helicopters deployed by its allies, such as the United Kingdom or Denmark. Unfortunately, it was to be expected, the post-coronavirus economic crisis will most likely lead to the postponement or cancellation of this program. However, for the chef…

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After the Chinooks, the Air Force also wants to rent Super Puma helicopters

In the fall of 2017, we proposed, with Admiral Pierre-François Forissier, former Chief of Staff of the French Navy, and General Jean-Paul Palomeros, former Chief of Staff of the French Army the Air Force and former Supreme Allied Commander Transformation of NATO, the “Socle Défense” model, which revolved around a global rental offer for army equipment and financing structured around a savings plan. At the time, the military and political authorities had considered that the rental of military equipment could not constitute an applicable solution, as it was too restrictive and too expensive. What is more, the new Military Programming Law in preparation would meet all the expectations of…

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France should finally receive Chinook heavy helicopters

This is news that we no longer hoped for, even if the ground had recently been prepared for such an announcement: France should finally equip itself with CH-47 Chinook heavy transport helicopters. The latter would be operated by the Air Force and not by the Army, the latter having in fact recently rejected such an opportunity by the voice of General Bertrand Vallette d'Osia, the boss of ALAT ( Army Light Aviation). Initially, according to FlightGlobal which revealed the news, two Chinook CH-47F could be rented by the Air Force, allowing both to meet certain urgent needs in…

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Sikorsky and Rheinmetall offer CH-53K heavy helicopter to Germany

With 80 CH-53 heavy transport helicopters in service, the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, has the largest helicopter transport capacity in Europe. But the 110 machines ordered in 1971 and delivered from 1973, now show the weight of the years, despite the modernization program carried out between 1990 and 2001. This is the reason why, in November 2018, the German parliament validated the “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber“, or STH, program intended to acquire between 45 and 60 new heavy helicopters which will be delivered between 2023 and 2029, the CH-53s having to leave service in 2030. As in 1971, the competition…

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