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CH-47F Chinook Block II helicopters proposed to Germany

CH-47F Chinook Block II helicopters proposed to Germany
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) transports a sling load resupply to Soldiers participating in Driving Innovation in Realistic Training (DIRT) Days exercise, April 18, 2023, at Fola, W. Va.
DIRT Days focuses on unit training objectives and implementing technology from U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, the Pathfinder and Accelerating Force programs.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Raymond Valdez, 40th Public Affairs Detachment.

WASHINGTON — The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Germany of CH-47F Chinook Helicopters, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $8.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Germany has requested to buy sixty (60) CH-47F Chinook Block II Cargo Helicopters with customer-unique modifications:

  • One hundred forty (140) T-55-GA-714A engines (120 installed, 20 spares)
  • Seventy-two (72) AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) (60 installed, 12 spares)
  • Two hundred eighty-four (284) AN/ARC-231A Communications Security (COMSEC) radios (240 installed, 44 spares).

Included (also):

  • AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets
  • AN/APR-39C(V)1 Radar Detecting Sets
  • AN/ARC-220 High Frequency (HF) radios with electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM)
  • Military Precise Positioning Service (PPS) (to include SAASM or M-Code)
  • Digital Advanced Flight Control Systems (DAFCS)
  • AN/APX-123A Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder
  • AN/ARN-147 very high frequency (VHS) omnidirectional range and instrument landing system (VOR/ILS)
  • AN/ARN-153 Tactical Air Navigation Systems (TACAN)
  • Air data computers; AN/APN-209 radar altimeter systems
  • AN/PYQ-10 simple key loaders; KIV-77 Mode 4/5 IFF Applique
  • KY-100M narrowband/wideband terminal COMSEC devices
  • AN/AVS-6 Night Vision Devices (NVD)
  • IDM-401 Improved Data Modem; air-to-air refueling probes
  • M134 gun mounts; Infrared Suppression System (IRSS)
  • Engine Air Particle Separator (EAPS)
  • Ballistic Protection System (BPS) with Cockpit
  • Midas Underfloor COOLS
  • Extended Range Fuel System (ERFS) 800 gal and 500 gal
  • Forward Area Refueling Equipment (FARE)
  • Tie Down Materiel/Helicopter Under-Slung Load Equipment (HUSLE) for internal and external loads
  • Rotorbrake
  • Rescue hoists
  • Fast Rope Insertion/Extraction System (FRIES)
  • Electro Optical Infrared Sensors (EO/IR)

Safety on board:

  • Crash resistant pilot and troop seats
  • Skis
  • Life rafts
  • Litter straps and fittings

Mission equipment:

  • Jungle penetrator
  • Litter basket
  • Jacob’s ladder
  • Airborne Tactical Extraction Platform (AirTEP)

Special tools and test equipment:

  • Ground support equipment
  • Airframe and engine spare parts

Technical data:

  • Publications:
  • Maintenance Work Orders/Engineering Change Proposals (MWO/ECPs)
  • Repair and Return (R&R)

Technical assistance:

  • Airworthiness assistance
  • Transportation of aircraft


  • Flight training and maintenance trainers (and other related elements of logistics and program support)

The total estimated cost is $8.5 billion.

CH-47F Chinook Block II helicopters proposed to Germany
A CH-47F Chinook assighed to B Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) perches on a mountain in the Alps in Germany, Oct. 21, 2020.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Garrett L. Dipuma.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO Ally which is an important force for political and economic stability in Europe.

The proposed sale will improve Germany’s heavy lift capability. Germany intends to use this enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats. Germany will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and services into its armed forces (Bundeswehr).

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Boeing Helicopter Company, Philadelphia, PA. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the temporary deployment of an estimated thirty (30) contractor representatives to Germany’s Main Operating Bases (MOBs) for onsite aircraft technical, maintenance, and logistics support as part of a Performance Based Logistics (PBL) program; training support; and operator and maintenance support for the Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulators (TFPS). This support will be provided for three to five years.

The temporary deployment of contractor representatives will include five (5) Field Service Representatives (FSRs), four (4) from Boeing and one (1) from Rockwell Collins. This proposed sale will also require Foreign Liaison Officers be located at Redstone Arsenal and at the Boeing facility.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

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