A Boeing CH-47 Chinook undertakes its flying display at the ILA Berlin Air Show in Schoenefeld, Germany, on June 23, 2022. (PHOTO / MESSE BERLIN GMBH)
BERLIN – Germany will own NATO's second largest helicopter fleet with the 60 Chinooks it announced it was buying last month, German Air Force Chief Ingo Gerhartz was quoted as saying on Friday.
Last month, Reuters reported Germany would buy 60 Chinook helicopters from Boeing in a package that will cost up to 8 billion euros ($8.7 billion), including necessary infrastructure for the aircraft.
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"We will be the second largest helicopter nation in NATO after the US," Gerhartz was quoted as saying by RND media network.
People watch the flying display of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook at the ILA Berlin Air Show in Schoenefeld, Germany, on June 22, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
Almost 50 Chinook helicopters would be stationed at the Holzdorf/Schoenewalde site in eastern Germany, where 1,000 additional soldiers will be also stationed, Gerhartz added.
"The Schoenewalde site will play a unique key role for the Air Force, the entire Bundeswehr and Germany's security," he said.