Germany signs G2G agreement for CH-47F Chinook helicopters

By Defence Industry Europe

The President of the Federal Office of Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Annette Lehnigk-Emden, yesterday signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the acquisition of CH-47F "Chinook" helicopters under the "Heavy Transport Helicopter" project, on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The procurement, conducted at the governmental level between the German federal government and the US administration, will take place through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. This enables the US government, represented by the US Army, to conclude a corresponding contract with Boeing for the procurement of 60 CH-47F “Chinook” helicopters for Germany.

Less than a week ago, the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag gave the green light for this acquisition. The German Armed Forces will receive the latest “Block II Standard Range” version of the CH-47F, equipped with air refuelling capability. The total contract value under the FMS programme amounts to approximately EUR 6.98 billion, financed through the Federal Defence Fund.

These helicopters will gradually replace the ageing CH-53G fleet in the German Armed Forces and serve as the workhorses for transporting vehicles, equipment, and personnel. The delivery of the new aircraft is planned between 2027 and 2033.



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