Berlin, Aug 11 (The Street Press) – German Air Force Chief Ingo Gerhartz stated on Friday that Germany is set to possess NATO’s second-largest helicopter fleet through its acquisition of 60 Chinooks, as announced last month.
In a report from last month, Reuters disclosed that Germany is set to purchase 60 Chinook helicopters from Boeing (BA.N) in a comprehensive deal amounting to approximately 8 billion euros ($8.7 billion), encompassing essential aircraft infrastructure.
According to statements attributed to Gerhartz by RND media network, he mentioned, “We will be the second largest helicopter nation in NATO after the USA”.
Close to 50 Chinook helicopters are slated to be based at the Holzdorf/Schoenewalde location in eastern Germany, along with the deployment of an additional 1,000 soldiers, as highlighted by Gerhartz.
He emphasized, “The Schoenewalde site will play a unique key role for the Air Force, the entire Bundeswehr and Germany’s security.”