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ILA 2012: Eurocopter hands over first CH-53GA to the German Army

13th September 2012 - 09:56 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Berlin


The German Army has officially taken delivery of the first of 40 upgraded CH-53GA transport helicopters from Eurocopter.

The 1970s-vintage aircraft are receiving a comprehensive upgrade of their avionics and mission systems in order to improve their useful life out out to 2025 - and perhaps beyond - when the type is expected to be replaced by the Future Transport Helicopter. The update also extended the life of the airframe from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours.

Key parts of the upgrade include a new modern digital cockpit using Rockwell Collins' CAAS suite, renamed German Avionics Management System (GAMS), along with

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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