U.S. Approves $8.5 Billion Chinook Helicopter Sales to Germany
- May 12, 2023
- Posted by: Quatro Strategies
- Category: Defense
The U.S. State Department approved the potential sale of CH-47F Chinook helicopters and related equipment to Germany for as much as $8.5 billion, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Germany had announced its intention to buy 60 Boeing-made heavy-lift helicopters last year to replace its aging CH-53 fleet. The package includes 140 engines including 20 spares, missile warning systems, radios, transponders, navigation systems, a suite of modifications and technical support, the Pentagon said.
The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale on Thursday.
Despite approval by the State Department, the notification does not indicate that a contract has been signed or that negotiations have concluded.
It would take three years to deliver the aircraft, according to the company.
German Chancellor Scholz shifted policy in February 2022 after Russia invaded Ukraine, sharply increasing defense spending and committing €100 billion for Germany’s armed forces.
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