Boeing in Germany signed its first contract with Aircraft Philipp Group to manufacture machine parts for the global fleet of the H-47 Chinook helicopters at its facilities in Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg. Aircraft Philipp Group joins Boeing’s significant supplier base of more than 35 companies in Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg and almost 100 companies in Germany.
“Aircraft Philipp is a competitive, quality supplier partner, and we welcome them to our global supply chain,” said Michael Hostetter, Boeing Defense, Space & Security director of Vertical Lift Programs in Germany. “Our cooperation with Aircraft Philipp is indicative of the specialized capabilities of German industry, which enables long-term, sustainable partnerships with Boeing.” The contract was helped along by means of Boeing’s use of a training workshop to familiarize German companies with Boeing’s source selection and bid process. Aircraft Philipp was one of the 23 companies to attend that training workshop.
“Boeing has consistently grown its supplier network and engagement in Germany over the past years,” said Dr. Michael Haidinger, managing director of Boeing Germany and Central & Eastern Europe. “Today, all of our commercial, and many of our defense and space programs, fly with technology or parts ‘made in Germany.’
“And with the recent opening of the expanded Boeing Research Office in Munich,” Haidinger continued, “we are investing in the development of innovative and efficient materials and production technologies together with partners in Bavaria and across Germany.” These requirements for Chinook helicopters in Germany may result in additional activities in Germany and additional work to be performed by Boeing’s existing supply base.
The rugged Chinook helicopter (see photo) is a twin-engine, tandem-rotor, heavy-lift aircraft used for troop movements and artillery placement. Boeing has delivered more than 900 H-47 Chinook helicopters which are in operation in 20 countries, eight of which belong to NATO—including Canada, Greece, Italy, Spain, and the United States. The widespread use of Chinook helicopters allows for increased interoperability among NATO forces during training and deployment operations around the world.