Race for Luftwaffe’s helo: Airbus became a partner of CH-47 Chinook

BERLIN, ($1=0.91 Euros) — Boeing and Airbus Helicopters today signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] for cooperation on the CH-47 Chinook, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing FlugRevue. This is a good position in the race for a new heavy transport helicopter [STH] for the German Air Force – Luftwaffe.

Race for Luftwaffe's helo: Airbus became a partner of CH-47 Chinook
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The goal of the new partnership between industrial giants Boeing and Airbus is to improve Chinook’s chances in the STH race against the Sikorsky CH-53K. A statement issued by both companies said the experience of the two leading companies in aerospace engineering would be essential and one of the strengths of this partnership. Boeing and Airbus believe they can offer innovative technology solutions that are a key factor in providing advanced capabilities and operational readiness to implement the project.

“Maximum operational availability” and “excellent value for money” are emphasized. Mark Cherry, Boeing’s vice president, and general manager of vertical lift programs says that by attracting Airbus Helicopters under the CH-47 Chinook project to the Luftwaffe, the two companies will make “the best” offer to the German government.

The partnership agreement expands the existing Chinook team from AERO-Bildung GmbH, CAE Elektronik GmbH, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, Lufthansa Technik, Honeywell Aerospace and Rolls-Royce Germany.

Race for Luftwaffe's helo: Airbus became a partner of CH-47 Chinook
Photo credit: Lockheed Martin

Boeing is committed to working with the German industry on modifications and installations after delivery, helicopter maintenance, supply chain services, training, and logistics support, as well as maintenance and repair of subsystems.

Michael Heidinger, President of Boeing Germany, confirmed in his speech that the partnership between Boeing and Airbus guarantees the creation of more than 500 new jobs, including highly qualified jobs, which will meet one of the requirements of the Bundeswehr.

The CH-47 Chinook is used by eight NATO countries: the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. Boeing recalls in a press release that for decades, their flagship in the field of heavy transport military helicopters Chinook is the preferred helicopter in Europe and has participated in key NATO operations around the world. “This makes the Chinook the only heavy helicopter that can offer Germany direct interoperability with allies,” Boeing said.

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