In anticipation of the government of Germany choosing the H-47 Chinook for its Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter necessity, three companies namely- Boeing, Honeywell Aerospace and Rolls Royce Deutschland Ltd. have signed a three-way agreement for the provision of in-service support of T-55 engines. Boeing has continually provided services for the maintenance and training of Chinook to the Luftwaffe ever since a combination of nine German companies was set up as the Chinook German Industry Team in 2018. In addition to its services, Boeing’s work has also nurtured economic growth, prosperity and led to a skyrocketing advance in skilled professions in the area.
Vice President of Boeing Defence, Space and Security in Germany, Michael Hostetter in reference to the agreement said, “The partnership between Honeywell, Rolls Royce Deutschland and our industry team members provides an established local supply base for around-the-clock parts availability, NATO interoperability and streamlined aircraft maintenance procedures,” he was also quick to point out that, “The Luftwaffe will have access to training and sustainment solutions that ensures the H-47 Chinook’s readiness for any mission.”
The terms of the partnership state that Rolls Royce Deutschland will be licensed by Honeywell as its partner in Germany in order to execute depot-level maintenance of the Luftwaff run Chinook T-55 engine. The H-47 Chinooks are coveted for their power as the most advanced transport rotorcraft in the United States Army inventory. Honeywell’s (Aerospace Engineering) Vice President and General Manager said, “Through an evolution of increasing engine power and performance growth derivatives, Honeywell’s T-55 engine has supported the Chinook helicopter for nearly 60 years.” Managing Director of Rolls Royce Deutschland, Dr Holger Cartsburg also stated, “For decades, our highly qualifies specialists at our German sites have provided comprehensive services for a wide range of engines operated by the German armed forces. Today’s announcement proves that a world class team is already preparing for the delivery of the first helicopter.”
The German government can definitely expect great results from these giant companies, with Boeing’s growing presence in the German economic sphere and the thousands of employment opportunities it has brought along with it. Boeing and its supply chain partners’ capital spending in Germany for a single year is estimated at nearly $1.2 billion. On one hand it plays a key role in Germany’s economy, while on the other hand Germany profits off this company’s spending and investment in its market, thereby establishing a symbiotic relationship between the two. In a closing statement about this agreement, Dr Michael Haidinger, President of Boeing Germany and Central and Eastern Europe said, “Our extended partnership with Rolls Royce and Honeywell will deliver a strong services, maintenance and training offering for the H-47 in Germany while further integrating our operations into Germany’s aerospace fabric. This is just one example of how we continue building strong partnerships with local industrial primes for the Bundeswehr’s STH requirements.”
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