keesje wrote:German STH Helo Competition May Face One-Year Delay
It seems very much political at this stage. Objectively an updated Chinook seems a very strong contender. But there's LM, Airbus Militairy, Airbus Helicopter, the French, Trumps priorities..
I think it's too early to say it's political - it's more procedural. The 2019 budget simply hasn't been finalized in time for the initially planned RFP submission.
I agree with you though that it may become political quickly as soon as the public learns that the only two products are American. In that case, the strategy will likely be to simply wait out the Trump administration. Technically, the current CH-53 can still fly until 2030 so the ministry doesn't feel as much pressure from the Bundeswehr yet.