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The Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the Armed Forces, published today on the European tendering platform TED the beginning of Participation Competition for the STH program (Heavy transport helicopter) of the Bundeswehr.

Overall, a procurement of a STH fleet of at least 44 and a maximum of 60 heavy transport helicopters along with logistical support via a scheduled delivery period of eight years is planned to Auftragssvergabe.

As potential candidates, the CH-53K LMCO and the H-47F are Boeing.

Scope of the procurement project

The scope of the helicopter fleet resulting from the total annual flight hours for a fixed and a variable number of aircraft. The predetermined number "A" is determined by the contracting in the context of use commitments (CSAR). The variable number "B" is to be calculated by the provider in the context of a given transport mission: volumes, flight profile, ambient conditions, restrictions. This results in the determination of the required number of aircraft the following calculation factors:

(Number of "A" and "B") x crew Factors annual flying hours per crew with the crew factors, flight hours and usage rates are set by the principal x proportion of the annual Nutzugsrate per aircraft. At the present time it is (a test pattern 43 + - EM) from a minimum requirement of 44 and a maximum requirement of 60 (59 + 1 EM). Delivery of the first STH is required three years after the conclusion of the contract, the initial qualifications (initial operating capability - IOC) should be reached six years after the conclusion of the contract, and the last STH to be delivered eleven years after conclusion of the contract. This gives an introduction from 2023 and a completion of the procurement process in the 2031st

The STH fleet to be stationed in Schoenewalde and Laupheim with a test pattern at WTD 61 in Manching.

Overall, as part of the procurement process by the providers nine performance segments are to be covered, of which the platform represents only one:

  1. Aircraft and Mission Equipment
  2. Airworthiness
  3. introduction approval
  4. test pattern
  5. Education / Training
  6. exerciser
  7. infrastructure
  8. Logistical support for the operation
  9. Project and risk management.

The contract provides for a contract for all performance segments to a contractor for turn can make use of services of subcontractors to complete.

Waldemar Geiger and Jurgen Hensel

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