The parliamentary budget committee signed off on the CH-47F FMS buy this week, with deep-running reservations about both the contract and its cost. The main problem to parliament is that CH-47F Block II as negotiated does not have certification by the US Army (yet).Germany one step closer to acquiring CH-47Fs to replace their fleet of CH-53Gs
Package includes 60 airframes, 140 engines and associated aircraft systems.
Reported that once negotiations are finalized and contracts signed it should take three years to complete delivery
The signed-off budget is 7.2 billion Euro for the FMS contract and 750 million Euro for related infrastructure costs. As a condition for the funding parliament has formally obliged the Bundeswehr to annually report on infrastructure development for this, as well as to ensure an aircraft availability of 70% for CH-47F with required reporting whenever falling below this line.