Sikorsky will compete for the German Air Force’s heavy lift helicopter con-tract with MTU Aero Engines as its partner

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed March 2, 2018 11:06

Sikorsky will compete for the German Air Force’s heavy lift helicopter con-tract with MTU Aero Engines as its partner

German engine manufacturer, MTU Aero Engines, and U.S.-based helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, have jointly entered into an agreement for MTU to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engines for the German Air Force with new heavy lift helicopters to replace its aging CH-53G fleet of aircraft.

Sikorsky, MTU Aero Engines and GE Aviation have been partnering on the CH-53K for the U.S. Marine Corps since its inception. This heavy lift helicopter is powered by three GE Aviation T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines. MTU Aero Engines developed and is now in production for the power turbine of the T408.  In addition to the German work share of 18 percent in the OEM engine program, MTU will support the maintenance, repair and overhaul  for these next generation engines of the CH-53K helicopter for the German Air Force.

As Klaus Günther, senior vice president, defense programs at MTU, points out: “The CH-53K and its engine were developed to support the heavy-lift requirements of the 21st century and meet the highest security standards. Demonstrating reliability, unprecedented performance and impressive power reserves, the T408 engines ensure that missions can be safely carried out even in the harshest operating environments.”

With its triple redundant fly-by-wire flight control system, advanced corrosion-resistant composites and unparalleled power, the helicopter can fly missions in extreme temperature conditions at an altitude of up to 3,000 meters. Adds Günther: “By acquiring the CH-53K Germany’s military would receive a highly-advanced system that is optimally designed for the missions of the coming decades.”

“MTU is a current teammate of the CH-53K on the U.S. program and we look to extend that relationship for the German heavy lift program,” said Nathalie Previte, Sikorsky vice president of strategy and business development.  “When it comes to providing Germany the most agile, responsive, and streamlined helicopter service, there is no substitute for German Industry.  We look forward to long and fruitful partnerships with German Industry as we support the CH-53K for many years to come.”

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed March 2, 2018 11:06