Sikorsky has signed an agreement with Rheinmetall to strategically team with the local partner to offer its CH-53K King Stallion for Germany’s heavy lift rotorcraft competition.
The OEM has been well versed on its intention to offer the CH-53K against the opposing Boeing CH-47F Chinook for Berlin’s requirement, which is seeking to replace the CH-53G models that its air force currently has in service.
The companies claimed that Rheinmetall would bring experience and knowledge to this team when bidding for the Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) programme, including a role as lead for sustainment should the CH-53K be selected.
They also said that more German companies would be added to the team in coming weeks.
“With Rheinmetall as the strategic partner for Sikorsky, we are convinced that together we [will] provide the best possible state-of-the-art aircraft for the German Air Force as successor for the legacy CH-53G fleet,” Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger said.
“Furthermore, we stand strongly together in offering a cost-effective, reliable solution oriented to the needs of today’s operations, and [we will be] able to evolve with the armed forces as its needs change over time.”
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