Lockheed Martinâ€™sÂ SikorskyÂ subsidiaryÂ has introduced an industrialization plan that seeks to advance partnership with the German aerospace and defense industry in support of its effort to compete for the European countryâ€™s heavy lift helicopter program.
Sikorsky and Rheinmetall Group agreed to team up in February to offer the formerâ€™s CH-53KÂ King Stallion helicopter for the German air forceâ€™s Schwerer Transporthubschrauber initiative, Lockheed said Wednesday.
“We look forward to our partnership with German industry to bring true heavy lift capability to every aspect of the German armed forces,â€ said Dan Schultz, president of Sikorsky.
Schultz added the CH-53K helicopter is designed to perform combat, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance missions.
The Sikorsky-Rheinmetall team will discuss plans for helicopter in-service sustainment support with German companies through an industry chalet as part of the five-day ILA Berlin Airshow that will kick off April 25 in Germany.
German defense contractors that will take part in the CH-53K industry chalet include Rockwell Collinsâ€™ German arm, Autoflug, Rohde & Schwarz, HYDRO Systems KG, Hensoldt, Jenoptik, Liebherr, ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH and MTU.
The U.S. Marine Corps is set to deploy the CH-53K helicopter in 2019.