Airbus Helicopters wins retrofit contract with Bundeswehr


Airbus Helicopters will retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 heavy transport helicopters.

The retrofit will guarantee that the helicopters will be operational until 2030. The retrofit will be completed at Airbus Helicopters’ Military Support Center, at Donauwörth, Germany.

“This order enables both the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) and also our Donauwörth plant to plan ahead with certainty,” said Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Deutschland. “Airbus Helicopters has been the German specialist for maintaining, repairing and modernising heavy transport helicopters for decades. We have the necessary infrastructure, highly trained professionals and can guarantee supply for all Bundeswehr models.”

Airbus’ contract with Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) will cover obsolesce management for components that are no longer on the market. These will be replaced with up-to-date alternatives.