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Rheinmetall begins CH-53G maintenance in Germany

11th May 2021 - 16:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


German Air Force CH-53G helicopter. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

Ageing CH-53G helicopters are nearing 50 years in service with the German Air Force.

Rheinmetall Aviation Services has officially assumed responsibility for the maintenance of CH-53G helicopters operated from Diepholz Air Base by the 64th Helicopter Squadron of the German Air Force.

This follows a five-year deal (plus a 12-month optional extension) awarded in November 2020.

‘Embedded in the organization of the 64th Helicopter Squadron... Rheinmetall Aviation Services GmbH now received the first two aircrafts in their maintenance bay,’ the company announced on 11 May. 

Maintenance of the CH-53G fleet is essential to the German Air Force as it has operated these ageing platforms since the early 1970s.

The German government issued a tender in March 2019 to procure up to 60 new heavy-lift helicopters under the Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) programme to replace the CH-53G and similar platforms.

However, Berlin announced the cancellation of the tender in September 2020, citing budgetary difficulties and after close examination of industry offers.

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