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Germany issues tender docs for heavy-lift helo

01 March 2019
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The German government has released its tender documents for the Bundeswehr's Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirement.

The CH-53K (foreground) and CH-47F (background) that will compete the German STH requirement, pictured at the ILA Airshow in Berlin in April 2018. (1726150)The CH-53K (foreground) and CH-47F (background) that will compete the German STH requirement, pictured at the ILA Airshow in Berlin in April 2018. (1726150)

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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