Boeing on January 13 submitted its response to the Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) invitation to tender for Germany’s New Heavy Lift Helicopter program. The STH invitation to tender was issued back on June 24, 2019, by the German procurement authority, specifically, the Federal Office of Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw).
Putting its H-47 Chinook forward, Boeing explans the STH contract award is expected in 2021 for the acquisition of 44 to 60 aircraft, including sustainment and training.
“The H-47 Chinook is a one of a kind platform, capable of performing missions that other helicopters cannot,” said said Michael Hostetter, vice president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security in Germany. “It is a proven multi-mission heavy lift helicopter with advanced technology that meets the German requirements.”
Today, there are more than 950 Chinook aircraft operating in 20 countries, including Canada and seven other NATO member countries (the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, UK, and the United States). Boeing states the Chinook will provide immediate interoperability to Germany while meeting a range of mission needs.
“We are committed to having the sustainment and training as well as parts of the production done in Germany,” said Dr. Michael Haidinger, president of Boeing Germany. “We will continue to build on and expand our Germany Industry Team for the H-47 Chinook Schwerer Transporthubschrauber competition.”
Boeing employs more than 1,000 people at 11 locations throughout Germany and sustains thousands of additional jobs through its supply chain and other activities. Boeing and its supply chain partners spend almost US$1.3 billion per year through an established network of suppliers across Germany.
Germany is also a key market for Boeing’s investment in research and technology partnerships. The company has established two research sites in Germany, including a Research & Technology Office in Munich and Digital Solutions & Analytics Lab in Frankfurt.