Airbus Helicopters has received an order from the German Federal Office Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to retrofit 26 Sikorsky CH-53 heavy transport helicopters of the German Armed Forces. This contract will cover obsolescence management for components that are no longer available on the market and will begin by replacing them with up-to-date parts.
This retrofit will guarantee the helicopters’ operation until at least 2030. The process will start in 2017 and should be completed by 2022. Work will be carried out in Donauworth at Airbus Helicopters’ Military Support Center Germany.