The German government has released its tender documents for the Bundeswehr's Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirement.
Issued by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support on 28 February, the documents set out the performance and programmatic details for the STH requirement to procure 44-60 helicopters for the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) over an eight-year delivery period.
In approving the STH programme in November 2018, the German government said a newly developed helicopter to replace the 70 incumbent Sikorsky CH-53G/GS/GA/GEs is "out of the question", with the Boeing CH-47E and Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion "appearing to be appropriate".
Interested parties have until 14 May to respond to the release of the tender documentation. A request for proposals (RFP) will be issued shortly after, followed by a type selection in 2020 and aircraft deliveries from 2023.
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