06 Jun 2019

Sikorsky Responds to Call for Germany’s new heavy lift helicopter

Sikorsky has formally responded to the German Air Force
“Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program call for competition.

The Lockheed Martin company expects to offer the CH-53K King
Stallion, in response to the official Request for Proposals, which is expected
this summer.

The new STH heavy lifter will allow the Bundeswehr to move
troops and equipment more quickly, safely and effectively than ever before.

Sikorsky President Dan Schultz, said: The CH-53K is the modern heavy lift solution that will provide the German Armed Forces with a safe, reliable heavy lift helicopter that can be entered into service seamlessly without need for upgrades for the next several decades. It is the only heavy lifter that will remain in production through 2032 and beyond.

“Our strong German industry team will provide sustainment and maintenance over the next 40-50 years ensuring high-quality jobs across the country for decades to come.”

Sikorsky and its Germany industry partners, including
Rheinmetall, remain confident that the CH-53K offers the best value and growth
potential over its lifecycle. German partners include: Rheinmetall, MTU, ZF Luftfahrttechnik
GmbH, Autoflug, HYDRO Systems KG, Collins Aerospace, Vincorion, Hensoldt,
Liebherr and Rohde & Schwarz.

Susanne Wiegand, Member of the Management Board, Rheinmetall Defence, said: “Sikorsky is already today in close partnerships with more than 10 leading German technology companies, including the exclusive teammates Rheinmetall, MTU, Autoflug and HYDRO.

“This team is a fundamental key factor for a successful STH program, high availability rates of the helicopters and creates best added value for Germany and its industry. We are looking forward that the procurement decision will be made in favour of the CH-53K.”

image © Sikorsky

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