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Germany finally picks Chinook for heavy-lift helicopter acquisition

6th June 2022 - 16:04 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast

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Germany is set to acquire 60 CH-47F heavy-lift helicopters (Photo: Georgia Army National Guard)

Germany has officially selected Boeing's CH-47F Chinook as its next heavy-lift helicopter.

The German MoD has finally selected Boeing's CH-47F Chinook for its €5.2 billion ($5.6 billion) heavy-lift helicopter procurement, less than five weeks after newspaper Bild am Sonntag had first reported a decision favouring the tandem rotor aircraft would be approved. 

Berlin will procure a total of 60 Chinooks with first deliveries set to begin between 2025 and 2026, but parliament must first ratify the selection. 

Announcing the decision on 1 June, the German MoD said in a social media post that the Chinook purchase would help to strengthen the country's ability to co-operate in Europe, adding that the aircraft is modern, proven and

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