https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... he-gunship24 NOVEMBER 2021
Berlin Security Conference 2021: Germany shows interest in Apache gunship
Germany has expressed its interest in the Boeing AH-64 Apache,
issuing the US government with a request for information (RFI) on the helicopter gunship.
Speaking to Janes at the Berlin Security Conference in the German capital,
a senior company official confirmed
that an RFI had been received from the Bundeswehr and that it had been responded to.
“Just prior to Covid [in early 2020],
the German government asked the US government for information related to the Apache – it was an RFI.
The US government responded to that,”
Michael Hostetter, vice-president, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Germany, said,
adding that things have since been quiet on the subject
owing to the ongoing pandemic.
Hostetter was unable to divulge details
of either the RFI nor the response to it in terms of
prospective aircraft numbers, contract values, or delivery timelines,
only to note that such a request was part of the normal German defence procurement cycle.
“It's part of them gathering their information to see what's in the marketplace,
and to determine their next step,” he said.
Hostetter's comments were the first official confirmation
that Germany is considering its attack helicopter options
and that it might not proceed with the Standard 3 upgrade of its current fleet of Airbus Tigers.
The German Army's Tiger helicopters are due to be modernised
as part of a wider effort alongside programme partners France and Spain.
This upgrade is due to see the German fleet out to 2038.
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