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Rheinmetall, Sikorsky partner for Germany heavy-lift

9th February 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Rheinmetall has signed a strategic teaming agreement with Sikorsky to jointly compete in the German Air Force heavy-lift helicopter programme.

Under the agreement, the companies will offer the CH-53K for the competition as successor for the legacy CH-53G fleet. Capable of heavy lift - including shipboard - operations, the CH-53K aircraft has been developed to be reliable, low maintenance and survivable.

CH-53K helicopter is designed for missions including humanitarian aid, troop transport, casualty evacuation, support of special operations forces, and combat search and rescue.

Dan Schultz, president, Sikorsky, said: ‘Sikorsky has a 45-year history supporting the German armed forces fleet of CH-53G aircraft, and we are humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve the German armed forces for another 45 years with Sikorsky’s CH-53K.

'As a former CH-53 pilot, I can attest that this aircraft is truly the most capable heavy lift helicopter we have ever built. Sikorsky’s CH-53K, combined with Rheinmetall as our key German partner, is a winning solution for Schwerer Transporthubschrauber.’

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