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Sikorsky and Rheinmetall Expand Partnership on CH-53K

Arun Sivasankaran - : Jan 27, 2021 - : 8:51 pm

Sikorsky and the members of the German CH-53K industry team have signed a new teaming agreement, bringing Reiser Simulation and Training on board.

Reiser, a Bavarian medium-sized company,  joins the industry team as a  subcontractor to Rheinmetall. The other members on the team that is led by Rheinmetall are Autoflug, Collins Aerospace, Hensoldt, HYDRO Systems, MTU Aero Engines, Rohde & Schwarz, Vincorion, and ZFL.

“We have been working intensively and in close coordination to develop a concept on how to best operate and maintain the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter,” said Christian Albrecht, International Business Development Manager at Sikorsky. “The German industry is the perfect partner for this and guarantees the greatest possible degree of independence from foreign companies. We are all the more pleased that we have recently been able to win another exclusive partner.”

The US helicopter manufacturer is bidding for the production and operation of the Sikorsky CH-53K (King Stallion) as the Bundeswehr’s new heavy-lift helicopter.

“Reiser Simulation and Training is a proven specialist in the German aviation industry,” said Mike Schmidt, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Aviation Services. “Rheinmetall and Reiser will combine their technological experience in the field of training and simulation and together provide a high-quality offering that meets all the standards of the Bundeswehr.”

Reiser will contribute its expertise in the field of training and simulation to the project – especially in simulation offers and technical solutions for training maintenance personnel. The company is a proven partner for Bundeswehr training systems, for example in the NH90 project for the army and navy as well as for the Eurofighter of the German Air Force.

“We are experienced in working with Rheinmetall and together we will contribute to ensuring maximum operational readiness of the CH-53K,”  said Given the advanced progress of the project, Dr Roman Sperl, Managing Director of Reiser Simulation and Training.

The CH-53K (“King Stallion”) is currently the most modern, intelligent and powerful heavy-lift helicopter on the market. Series production of the CH-53K in the US is progressing according to plan. Currently, more than 30 aircraft are in various stages of production. The first CH-53K is scheduled to enter service in 2023/24.

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