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Lockheed Martin and Boeing have announced that they have submitted their applications for participation in the procurement program Heavy transport helicopter. The Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) had announced on 28 February 2019, the "Procurement STH fleet, together with logistical support," and the May 27, 2019 set as the deadline for the request to participate.

As expected, have Sikorsky, the helicopter division of Lockheed Martin, advertised with the CH-53K and Boeing with the H-47 Chinook, as the company in a press release (Sikorsky) or via Twitter announced (Boeing). The Bundeswehr will - depending on the performance of the aircraft - raise from 44 to 60 heavy transport helicopters.

As a next step, the BAAINBw will determine the eligibility of candidates and officially select candidates and until June 26, 2019 send the invitation to tender. After receipt of tenders and the difficult phase of analysis and evaluation of bids follows at the end of the selection of the potential contractor with which an agreement must be negotiated.

In der Planung ist vorgesehen, dass 2021 (Korrektur*) der Vertrag für die Beschaffung und die Unterstützung des Betriebs abgeschlossen wird. Wenn das gelingt, soll der erste schwere Transporthubschrauber 2024 – drei Jahre nach Vertragsschluss – ausgeliefert werden. Erste taktische Einsätze sollen in einer Anfangsbefähigung ab 2027 möglich sein. Die gesamte Lieferung der Flotte soll binnen elf Jahren – also bis 2032 – abgeschlossen werden. Als gesamte Laufzeit des Vertrages hat das BAAINBw einen Zeitraum von 504 Monaten (42 Jahre) angegeben.

The two candidates have started teams for operational support - training and logistics - build. The industry teams will be located in Germany to provide support services as close as possible to the troops. Boeing will lead his team from the German branch and Lockheed Martin has met with Rheinmetall arrangements for the management of the support team in Germany. Support teams must start work at the beginning of the delivery of the first helicopter at the latest.

Boeing produces the H-47 since 1963 constantly modernized versions. Currently, according to data from Boeing over 950 machines at 20 customers, including eight NATO countries, in operation.

The CH-53K Sikorsky is a newly constructed aircraft, whose series production has just started. The first helicopters have been delivered. Production orders for a total of 18 machines are available. The contract for the series production (Full Rate Production, FRP) of all 200 required heavy-duty helicopter is expected by the end of 2019.

Gerhard Heiming

Korrektur: Aktualisierten Erkenntnissen nach, hat der verspätete Start des Teilnahmewettbewerbs eine zusätzliche Verzögerung aller geplanten Zeitpunkte um ein Jahr zur Folge. Die ursprünglichen Jahresangaben wurden daher um ein Jahr nach hinten korrigiert.