The approval was expected after Boeing won the bid to replace the currently used Sikorsky CH-53G Stallion helicopters on June 1, 2022. The details were disclosed by the DSCA, following standard US procedures. The defeated contender was Lockheed Martin, which was promoting the CH-53K King Stallion in the German market.
According to the disclosed request, the German government is interested in purchasing 60 CH-47F Chinook Block II helicopters, along with additional elements and services, including spare engines, warning systems, radio stations, and armored protection.
The package, including training and logistical services, as well as spare parts, was priced at a maximum of $8.5 billion.
“The proposed sale will improve Germany’s heavy lift capability. Germany intends to use this enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats. Germany will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and services into its armed forces,” DSCA said in a press release.