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Airbus Helicopters modernizing Germany's CH-53s

Airbus Helicopters is replacing outdated components on the German military's CH-53 fleet.

By Richard Tomkins
Airbus Helicopters modernizing Germany's CH-53s
CH-53 transport helicopters are to receive component upgrades from Airbus Helicopters. Photo courtesy Airbus Helicopters

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Airbus Helicopters is to retrofit 26 German military CH-53 heavy lift aircraft, replacing obsolescent components with up-to-date parts.

Company work on the order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support will begin this year and be completed by 2022.

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"This order enables both the German Armed Forces and also our Donauworth plant to plan ahead with certainty," said Wolfgang Schoder, chief executive officer of Airbus Helicopters Deutschland.

"Airbus Helicopters has been the German specialist for maintaining, repairing and modernizing heavy transport helicopters for decades. We have the necessary infrastructure, highly-trained professionals and can guarantee supply for all Bundeswehr models."

Airbus said the replacement of obsolete parts will guarantee the helicopters' operation until at least 2030.

The monetary value of the order was not disclosed.

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