The Boeing Company is competing head-to-head with the Sikorsky unit of Lockheed Martin to supply a new generation of heavy lift helicopters to Germany and Israel. Both countries are looking to replace aged CH-53D helicopters, which in effect makes Sikorsky the incumbent. However, Boeing thinks it can beat the latest “K” variant on the CH-53, called King Stallion, with an upgraded version of its CH-47 Chinook. It is telling Germany and Israel it provides just as much usable lifting power at less risk for half the cost. I have written a commentary for Forbes detailing Boeing’s pitch to the two countries here.
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