Germany to Purchase €5 Billion Worth Transport Helicopters from Boeing

Germany will purchase 60 heavy transport helicopters from Boeing worth €5 billion as part of an effort to upgrade its military armor and replace its aging Sikorsky transport helicopters.

The purchase will be financed by the €100 billion defense spending announced by Scholz earlier in the year amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The CH-47F Chinook heavy transport helicopters are expected to be delivered in 2025 or 2026 at the earliest. The government plans tı replace its 50 year old CH-53G helicopters made by the Sikorsky unit of Lockheed Martin.

German Defence Minister Lambrecht will inform the parliament of the decision next week.

Lockheed Martin’s CH-53K King Stallions were also in the fray but Germany decided to buy the cheaper Chinooks. The fact that many NATO allies also use the helicopter was another factor in the purchase decision.

The Defence Ministry has not confirmed the purchase so far.

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