Clash of the Titans!

A pair of heavyweight champions are vying to replace the Luftwaffe’s ageing Sikorsky CH-53s. Khalem Chapman details the contenders in Germany’s heavy-lift transport helicopter replacement programme.

German Heavy-Lift [USAF/TSgt Gregory Brook] #1
A CH-47F assigned to the US Army’s Task Force Brawler conducts a training exercise from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in March 2018. USAF/TSgt Gregory Brook

Germany is closer in its search for a new heavy-lift, multi-mission transport helicopter fleet, following the candidacy announcements of Boeing’s CH-47F Chinook and Sikorsky’s CH-53K King Stallion for its Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH, Heavy Transport Helicopter) programme. The campaign is led by the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw, Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the German Armed Forces).

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