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Germany expects to receive full CH-47F fleet within eight years

5th March 2024 - 09:26 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


Germany has purchased its CH-47Fs through Foreign Military Sales (FMS). (Image: Boeing)

On 1 June 2022, the German MoD announced that it had selected CH-47F Chinook for its €5.2 billion (US$5.6 billion) heavy-lift helicopter procurement. The helicopters will replace a fleet of CH-53G helicopters approaching a service life of 50 years.

The German Air Force will receive its first Boeing CH-47F Block II Chinook heavy lift helicopter in 2027 with the last of the 60 aircraft expected to be delivered in 2032.

The helicopters have been purchased for €7 billion and will replace the force’s CH-53 which have been in service for almost half a century and will retire in 2030.

They will be purchased under a defence force €100 billion special fund established after the start of the Ukraine war to overhaul the country’s defence equipment which included F-35 aircraft and Arrow missile defence.

The helicopters will be based at air bases in

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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