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  • Helo Handover
    Posted by Robert Wall 9:52 AM on Oct 12, 2010

    As part of the German military's review of its force structure, there are growing indications the army will lose some of its helicopter force and have to hand over those responsibilities to the Luftwaffe.

    At stake is the future of the CH-53 fleet, which has been used heavily in Afghanistan. A service official says a final decision has not been taken, but there are growing indications in Germany that the change will indeed take place.

    The fall out in terms of basing structure also is not clear, yet.

    Also uncertain is how the NH90 fleet will be divided. Currently, both the army and air force are tagged as operators of the system.

    The Tiger force would remain with the army, although its size could come down as part of a larger effort to trim procurement spending.

    Tags: ar99, Germany, helicopter

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