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After the two competitors for the Bundeswehr Lockheed Martin / Sikorsky and Boeing heavy transport helicopters (STH) submitted their indicative offer on schedule on January 13, 2020, in May 2020 - after evaluation of the offers by the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) - negotiations to prepare the Best and Final Offer (BAFO) have started. Negotiations are conducted virtually in video conferences under the corona-related restrictions. According to the participants in the negotiations, no significant delay has occurred to date. The negotiations are therefore expected to be completed in August 2020.

The invitation to submit the BAFO is scheduled for September 2020. Before this, the Bundestag must be informed about the models offered for operation, maintenance, upkeep, and adaptation and further development. The further schedule provides for the procurement and service contract to be concluded in March 2021 after the parliamentary treatment of the project as part of a € 25 million bill. This is the prerequisite for the required inflow of the machines in the period from 2025 to 2033.

Gerhard Heiming