The Heavy Transport Helicopter
) is a program study into the European Heavy Lift Helicopter Program by Eurocopter
In 2003, the German Army Aviation Corps
and the French General Delegation for Ordnance
(DGA) issued the basic conditions for a new, heavy transport helicopter. This helicopter is to serve as successor to the German CH-53G/GS
, and the CH-47
of other European countries. In the spring of 2004 it became clear that there would be no funds for development until 2015.
In February 2006, the German Federal Office for Military Technology and Procurement began discussing the HTH with Eurocopter.
In March 2006, Eurocopter announced that the HTH would be available at the earliest in the year 2018, if they could co-operate with another company and start the development by 2010. At the moment, it seems like the second partner is Sikorsky Aircraft
, who already developed the CH-53K
for the United States Navy
Germany would like to procure between 60 and 120 helicopters, and another prospective customer is France, which then would get a capability which the French Army
currently doesn't have. However the concept could also be suitable for other European countries.
The European Defence Agency (EDA) will make recommendations on a future heavy transport helicopter in 2011, with a 24-month study process having been launched on 18 May 2009 with the approval of its member states. France and Germany initiated the heavy transport helicopter initiative,... Read More