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Sikorsky Teams with Rheinmetall to Offer CH-53K to Germany

February 6, 2018 by · Comment
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Lockheed Martin Sikorsky has signed a strategic agreement with and German defense firm Rheinmetall teaming for competing in the German Air Force planned replacement of Sikorsky's CH-53G heavy transport helicopter program (Schwerer Transporthubschrauber - STH). The Germans evaluate two options - the CH-47F Chinook from Boeing and CH-53K from Lockheed Martin Sikorsky. The team plans to introduce more German teammates in the weeks to come.

Boeing Delivers First New-Build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

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Boeing Receives US Army $4 Billion Multi-year Contract for Chinook Helicopters

June 25, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Syndicated Industry News, U.S. Army 

Boeing has won a five-year contract with the U.S. Army for as many as 217 CH-47F Chinook helicoptersIn an agreement that will save the U.S. government more than $800 million, the Army and Boeing have signed a $4 billion multi-year contract for 177 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, with the Army holding options that could increase its total buy to 215...

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Australia To Buy New CH-47 Chinooks

The Australian government has signed a contract with Boeing to provide seven new CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopters. These will replace existing CH-47D aircraft.

The Chinook due to its size and power has proved instrumental in Afghanistan due to the high-and-hot environment. The United States, Canada and Great Britain have invested in more and better versions of Boeing’s venerable helicopter. Now Australia joins them in using the new CH-47F version. The aircraft are basically similar to those being made for the U.S. Army with some user modifications.

The demand for lift in Afghanistan has seen heavy use of Russian helicopters being operated by civilian companies. These provide logistical support for the allied units operating in that country.

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England Plans to Buy More CH-47 Aircraft

In the budget details released by the British Government they plan a major investment in more Boeing (BA) CH-47 Chinook aircraft to support operations in Afghanistan. Unfortunately in order to pay for these twenty-two helicopters major cuts will have to be made in other areas. The British Ministry of Defence is facing major shortfalls in funding due to the economic woes of the country and the cost of combat operations.

Reportedly the MOD will close some bases and redistribute aircraft to help pay for the new heavy lift aircraft. These are much in demand in Afghanistan due to the flying conditions and the need for lift to support operations. Britain faces a dilemma where the lack of funding means that they may have to eliminate resources not directly related to Afghanistan to support their troops there. This means that the Royal Navy and Air Force may see major cuts while the Army gets the equipment it needs. In the long run this policy will seriously degrade the capability of England’s armed forces especially as there may not be funding down the road to rebuild it.

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