Eurocopter handed over the first upgraded CH-53GA transport helicopter to the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) during a ceremony on Wednesday at the ILA Berlin air show.
The Eurocopter Military Support Center Germany is currently performing the comprehensive upgrade of 40 Bundeswehr CH-53G aircraft to the CH-53GA specification during a three-year period.
Handover of this first production helicopter for field tests was made by Helmut Richter, representing the Federal Office of Defense Administration, to Army Aviation Commander Brigadier Reinhard Wolski. The Air Force Procurement Commander, Brigadier Herrmann Muntz, also attended the ceremony.
“This CH-53GA upgrade is an impressive example of our close and fruitful partnership with the Bundeswehr, which has seen us working together to implement necessary improvements for the helicopter’s future mission requirements,” explained Ralf Barnscheidt, Senior Vice President of Eurocopter, and head of the Military Support Center Germany.
The newly modernized CH-53GA is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and communications systems, a four-axis autopilot with auto-hover automatic flight control system, as well as an up-to-date electronic warfare system. A new glass cockpit with five multi-function displays has also been installed, bringing navigational accuracy up to international instrument flight rules (IFR) standards.