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Boeing, Airbus Helicopters sign H-47 Chinook partnership to support German STH

March 30, 2022  By Helicopters Staff

A German H-47 Chinook industry team aims to deliver maximum operational availability and lower costs over the lifecycle of a potential German H-47 fleet. (Photo: Boeing)

Boeing and Airbus Helicopters on March 25 signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner on the H-47 Chinook in support of Germany’s Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirements.

“We are pleased that Airbus Helicopters has joined our team of strategic partners on the H-47 Chinook program for Germany, and together we will provide the strongest offering to the Bundeswehr,” said Mark Cherry, Boeing vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift programs.

“The Chinook has been the preferred heavy-lift helicopter in Europe for decades and a cornerstone of all kinds of NATO operations,” said Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift programs, Boeing. “It is the only heavy-lift capable of providing Germany immediate interoperability with allied nations and is significantly more powerful, versatile and agile than any other aircraft in its class.”

The new partnership between Boeing and Airbus aims at bolstering German defense readiness as part of a German Chinook industry bid. The partnership agreement builds on the existing Chinook partnership team consisting of AERO-Bildung GmbH, CAE Elektronik GmbH, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, Lufthansa Technik, Honeywell Aerospace and Rolls-Royce Deutschland.


“Building on decades of experience as a partner of the Bundeswehr, Airbus Helicopters is excited to join Boeing’s Chinook Germany industry team and to partner with Boeing on delivering maximum operational availability to the Bundeswehr,” said Wolfgang Schoder, General Manager of Airbus Helicopters in Germany.

The Chinook is being used by eight other NATO nations, including the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America.

“With our Chinook offering and together with our German industry partners, we will create more than 500 highly skilled jobs in-country, all in direct support of the Bundeswehr’s heavy-lift mission requirements,” said Dr. Michael Haidinger, president, Boeing Germany.


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