Airbus to retrofit German CH-53 helicopters
Airbus Helicopters has received a contract to retrofit the German armed forces' CH-53 heavy transport helicopters, the company announced on 27 February.
This contract covers work on 26 aircraft, including obsolescence management for components that are no longer available on the market.
This retrofit will guarantee the fleet's operation until 2030. Work will start in 2017 and will be completed by 2022.
Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Deutschland, said: 'This order enables both the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) and also our Donauwörth plant to plan ahead with certainty.
'Airbus Helicopters has been the German specialist for maintaining, repairing and modernising heavy transport helicopters for decades. We have the necessary infrastructure, highly trained professionals and can guarantee supply for all Bundeswehr models.'
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