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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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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Is Trump punishing Berlin for not buying the F35?

The decision fell like a cleaver on July 29: US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of 12.000 troops from US forces deployed in Germany, within a very limited time frame. According to the information given, 6400 men will be repatriated to the United States, while 5400 others will be redeployed to Italy and Belgium, and potentially later, to Poland and the Baltic States. In a very personal approach, the American president declared that he wanted to "make Germany pay" for not participating enough in NATO, and that the United States was tired of being taken for "hams" (“sucker” in the words…

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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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