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  • German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1
    German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 20 July 2020
    Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services has been extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. Comparably in Mali, Heron 1 services have also been extended for the period August 2020 /July 2021 (with an option f...
  • Guided Artillery Rocket Order
    Guided Artillery Rocket Order 6 July 2020
    With the advancing electronic technology, the artillery rockets, which have gained the guidance ability, offer different solutions suitable for the mission type to the user thanks to the high precision strike capability. Germany, which actively uses M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) platforms under the name MARS II (Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System), will acquire guided artillery rockets. The German Army (Bundeswehr) announced on July 2 with a press release that the parli...
  • AESA Modernization to Eurofighter Typhoon
    AESA Modernization to Eurofighter Typhoon 21 June 2020
    Germany continues to take steps to improve the capabilities of its armed forces and to increase the combat readiness, which Bundeswehr suffers for a long time. The German Federal Assembly Bundestag announced that the Budget Committee approved the Eurofighter Typhoon modernization project. In the statement made on June 17, Hensoldt was determined as the main contractor. The company will modernize 79 Tranche 2 and 31 Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3A aircraft of the German Air Force (Luf...
  • Armoured Truck Order
    Armoured Truck Order 21 June 2020
    The shifting of the battlefield scales to asymmetric elements increased the need for armoured carrier elements in logistics infrastructure. Considering the changing battlefield conditions and seeking to immerse its logistics infrastructure with modern systems, Germany took action for truck procurement. In this context, BAAINBw (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr / Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support...
  • New Machine Gun Variant on Trials
    New Machine Gun Variant on Trials 1 June 2020
    Machine guns, one of the most important gifts of the Industrial Revolution to the battlefield and changed the fate of wars, continue their development in parallel with technology. The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) developed MG4 to replace MG3 machine guns in its inventory and distributed to military personnel for active use in the field. The Bundeswehr has announced that trials for the MG4 A3 variant have started. The machine gun is subjected to extensive tests by the 26th A...
  • Private Security Officers Protect Military Quarters in Germany
    Private Security Officers Protect Military Quarters in Germany 10 March 2020
    It was announced that Germany provided control and patrols in front of the military quarters through private security companies and this cost about 430 million Euros in the last five years. With the German Army (Bundeswehr) no longer keeping watch, the budget spent on this situation rose from 236.6 million in 2014 to 431.6 million in 2019. The Bundeswehr's seizure is both more expensive, and the number of people in the forces is not suitable for this. The German Defence Ministry...
  • Boeing Participates at Germany’s Heavy Lift Helicopter Tender
    Boeing Participates at Germany’s Heavy Lift Helicopter Tender 16 January 2020
    Boeing has submitted its response to the STH invitation to tender for Germany’s New Heavy Lift Helicopter program, also known as Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH). Boeing has offered its CH-47 Chinook to the German Army’s tender for a heavy-lift helicopter to replace its Sikorsky CH-53Gs. The STH invitation to tender was issued on 24 June 2019 by the German procurement authority, specifically, the Federal Office of Equipment, Information Technology and I...
  • New Trucks for Bundeswehr
    New Trucks for Bundeswehr 14 January 2020
    The German Army has recently announced a new procurement agreement, which has received budget approvals for new procurement and modernization programs. With the 382 million Euro agreement, the logistics infrastructure of the German Land Forces will be reinforced. With the agreement signed in the last days of 2019, new trucks will be entered in the inventory of the German Army (Bundeswehr). 1000 logistics trucks will be purchased in the scope of framework contract which sig...
  • Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets
    Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets 10 January 2020
    Rheinmetall and Thales have signed an agreement to support together with the future developments, qualification and production of the 70mm (2.75”) guided and unguided rockets solutions for helicopters as well as potentially other new platforms in Germany. Two international groups will propose complementary capabilities for the Tiger MK3 program. The Thales 70mm (2.75”) rocket systems are currently operated on UHT Tiger and under certification on Airbus Helicopters H145M....
  • Enforcer Order
    Enforcer Order 3 January 2020
    Bundeswehr, which received budget agreements from Bundestag for vehicle modernisation and new system procurement, ordered another new missile system.  According to a statement from the Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), office signed an agreement with the MBDA for Enforcer missile system procurement. Systems purchased within the scope of the Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+ requirement of t...
  • Kongsberg to Deliver Counter (C-UAS) to Germany
    Kongsberg to Deliver Counter (C-UAS) to Germany 5 December 2019
    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (Kongsberg) is integrating the Hensoldt Spexer radar for UAS detection and tracking into its Counter-UAV system for Germany. Kongsberg has entered into a contract with Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw) to deliver a Counter Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) based on the Protector Remote Weapon Station. The contract worth 250 MNOK was won in an international bidding process. Germany is the first country to acquire a ...
  • Bundeswehr orders Spike launchers and 1500 missiles
    Bundeswehr orders Spike launchers and 1500 missiles 19 November 2019
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has signed a contract to sell Spike missiles and launchers to the German Army through a joint venture (JV). Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr /BAAINBw) ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU) dismounted missile launchers from Eurospike for the German Army in early Novem...
  • The Bundeswehr Refuses new A400Ms 14 November 2019
    The German military announced it would not accept deliveries of two A400M Atlas transport aircraft due to recurring technical problems. “During routine inspections of the mounting nuts on the propellers of the A400M already in flight, it was found that not all 24 nuts per propeller have the intended tightening torque,” revealed the Luftwaffe, the German air force, in a statement. Increased inspections of the engine mounts, combustion chambers, and engine flap, ...
  • Tail Rotor Problems at NH-90
    Tail Rotor Problems at NH-90 18 October 2019
    The industry recently pointed out that tail rotor problems can be encountered in the multi-purpose helicopter NH-90. The Bundeswehr and industry are working together to find a solution. The tail rotor blades on all NH-90 delivered before 2018 are being inspected. All affected helicopters will be checked. The material incident will limit the operational readiness of the NH-90 over the next few weeks. The NH-90 helicopters delivered after 2018 do not require inspec...
  • Bolt Problem on Tiger
    Bolt Problem on Tiger 9 August 2019
    The Bundeswehr has grounded its fleet of Tiger attack helicopters following a safety warning issued by Airbus Helicopters. The manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters, warned that a titanium bolt of the Main Rotor Control may show unusual weakness and break during flights. Such failure could potentially lead to a crash. Thus, the Bundeswehr has decided to ground the fleet and inspect each aircraft.   The same problem was also identified on the German NH90 and EC135 helicopte...
  • A400M Acts as Tanker
    A400M Acts as Tanker 9 July 2019
      The German Air Force Luftwaffe cleared the A400M for air-to-air refuelling, and has also deployed an A400M to Jordan on its first operational air tanker mission. The A400M is now being tested abroad as a tanker aircraft as part of Operation Counter ISIS, it refuels German and Allied aircraft in the air. Since August 2018, the certification of the A400M as refuelling aircraft in the AAR (Air-to-Air-Refuelling) version has been in progress. Air transport squ...
  • Opponent to the MEADS
    Opponent to the MEADS 25 June 2019
    A new step has been taken in Germany's IAMD (Integrated Air and Missile Defense System) project. The consortium TLVS (Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem / Tactical Air Defense System), a joint venture of MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin, presented a proposal to BAAINBw (Bundesministerium der Verteidigung und hat als Hauptaufgabe die Bundeswehr / German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support). The program was launched to replace ...
  • KMW to Modernise 101 German Leopard 2 Tanks for $300M
    KMW to Modernise 101 German Leopard 2 Tanks for $300M 6 April 2019
    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has been awarded a contract to modernise 101 Leopard 2 A6 main battle tanks with a $300 million contract from Germany. The contract in question was signed on 28 March 2019 at the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw), the company said in a statement. Operating concept, targeting system, fire control computer as well as the chassis will be upgraded to the level of the Leopard 2 A7V. By this step, the diversity of diffe...
  • German parliamentary report Military Lacks Equipment and Recruits
    German parliamentary report Military Lacks Equipment and Recruits 3 February 2019
      According to German Radio Deutsche Welle, quoting a new parliamentary report, the German Bundeswehr is still underequipped, understaffed and overly bureaucratic. The report states that German soldiers have to rely on civilian helicopters to transport them around in Afghanistan. Soldiers have to borrow body armour.   Bundestag military commissioner Hans-Peter Bartels, presented the document at a press conference in Berlin. "I'd like ...
  • Additional 250 Million Euros For Modernization Of The Bundeswehr
    Additional 250 Million Euros For Modernization Of The Bundeswehr 3 December 2018
    The Bundestag’s Budget Committee approved on Wednesday a total funding of around 250 million euros for modernisation. This term includes all procurement projects of the Bundeswehr whose total value exceeds 25 million euros. German Armed Forces will acquire seven new fully equipped Air Utility Helicopter Search and Rescue (LUH-SAR) SAR helicopters by Airbus Helicopters by the end of 2020 to replace Bell UH-1D.  The acquisition will cost 72.4 million euros including crew tr...
  • Germany to Track without Detected
    Germany to Track without Detected 5 November 2018
    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and Hensoldt made a new radar test. In the experiments made at the south of Germany, trials of the TwInvis passive radar system was realized.   The system was first introduced at the Berlin Air Show last April. It is also reported that the system can be effective against low radar cross-sectional area aircrafts.   It is very difficult to detect the passive radar systems that search for the distortions in the si...
  • One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat
    One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat 1 November 2018
    Just over a third of the new military equipment delivered to the Bundeswehr by manufacturers in 2017 is fit for service according to a report revealed for the German defence ministry According to the report, of the 71 Puma infantry fighting vehicles delivered, 27 are combat ready. Of the eight new Airbus A400M Atlas military transports, half are fully operational. Just two of the seven Eurocopter Tiger combat helicopters and four of seven NH Industries' NH90 transport helicopter...
  • Germany's Assault Rifles Fail Bundeswehr Tests 17 October 2018
    As Bundeswehr's standard gun, the G36 rifle, will be phased out soon. The German army's efforts to acquire a new standard automatic weapon have been delayed as gun manufacturers failed to provide suitable bids.According to the procurement office, the comparative tests in the following seven months revealed that none of the guns presented by the various weapons manufacturers fulfilled the "individual mandatory requirements." Gun manufacturers now have until Feb...
  • Additional Braunschweig for Bundeswehr 25 September 2018
    Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support (BAAINBw)has decided to acquire a new procurement. Within the framework of this decision, Germany will build five additional Braunschweig (K 130) Corvettes. Bundesmarine awarded the ARGE K130 Consortium of Lürssen Werft, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and the Naval Shipyard for the construction. Lürssen Werft company inked an agreement in the past months with NOSKE-KAESER Maritime Solutions for heati...
  • Bundeswehr Turned Into 'Spare Parts Warehouse'; German Newspaper
    Bundeswehr Turned Into 'Spare Parts Warehouse'; German Newspaper 23 August 2018
    The German armed forces are in a state of deep crisis, faced with acute underfunding, the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung wrote. According to the publication, the 38.5 billion euros Germany plans to spend on defence in 2018 seem sufficient only at first glance. According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, during its participation in the 2011-2014 US-led campaign in Afghanistan, the Bundeswehr was literally turned into a “spare parts warehouse” providing the German contingent with eve...
  • Bundesmarine to Procure UAV
    Bundesmarine to Procure UAV 14 August 2018
    Germany's Federal Armed Forces Equipment Information Technologies and Service Support Office (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr / BAAINBw) have signed an agreement with Electronic Systems und Logistik GmbH (ESG). Germany will procure the Skeldar V-200 rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use in K130 Class corvettes under the agreement. In addition, UMS Skeldar and Lürssen shipyards have recently signed an agreement for K...
  • Rheinmetall Equipment to German Rifles
    Rheinmetall Equipment to German Rifles 6 July 2018
    Germany will supply laser markers for infantry rifles. Bundeswehr's Equipment, Information Technology and Support Unit has signed an agreement with Rheinmetall for supply of EUR 5 million. Under the agreement, 1745 rifle mounted laser marking kits will be delivered to special forces. Delivery is expected to be completed by 2019. The Variable Tactical Aiming Module (VTAL), which will be delivered by Germany, has a watertight metal body. Equipped with MIL-STD 1913 / STAN...
  • Airbus Signs Contract for HERON TP Drones with the German Armed Forces
    Airbus Signs Contract for HERON TP Drones with the German Armed Forces 14 June 2018
    Germany has signed a leasing agreement for the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had been delayed by an industry protest. The contract includes both the provision of Heron TP UAS as well as all operational services required for the system. In accordance with German budget law, the contract will become effective upon publication of the federal budget. Heron 1 drones, which are currently deploy...
  • Germany may acquire Israel’s armed Heron TP
    Germany may acquire Israel’s armed Heron TP 4 June 2018
      German army (Bundeswehr) could acquire soon medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) armed  unmanned air vehicle (UAV) Heron TP (nicknamed Eitan MALE). Heron TP is able to carry air-to-surface missiles. This is the first time that Bundeswehr requests the use of drones that that can be weaponized. Bundeswehr has requested around €900 million to lease five Heron TP UAVs from Israel over the next nine years. Germany plans  to use that type of drones i...
  • 100th Puma Rolled Out
    100th Puma Rolled Out 21 May 2018
    The 100th Puma infantry fighting vehicle rolled out of production line. Projekt System & Management GmbH, a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, rolled out 100th production line at Rheinmetall's Unterluess facility. Bundeswehr 342 ordered Puma. Empty steel chassis enters production line and left this line as an armored combat vehicle 26 days later. Puma deliveries began 2015 and it is planned to last vehicle will be delivered in 2020.
  • Eurofighter Offer Submitted to German MoD
    Eurofighter Offer Submitted to German MoD 25 April 2018
    Airbus and Eurofighter GmbH have submitted their offer to Germany on 24 April for the replacement of the Bundeswehr’s ageing Tornado combat aircraft. The German Air Force is planning to phase out the Tornado from 2025 onwards. Airbus stated in their press release that As the Eurofighter system is already in use by Germany, increased use of the same type of aircraft would result in considerable cost savings in terms of support services and training costs due to economies of sca...
  • Bundeswehr Welcomes 'Puma'
    Bundeswehr Welcomes 'Puma' 24 April 2018
    German Army announced that it will receive Puma armored infantry fighting vehicles as the successor to the current Marder.  According to a press release issued on 20 April, one of the most important aspects of Puma is its unmanned turret. Germany plans to add more powerful cameras into the turret and the chassis to ensure "the crew of the Puma will remain under armor protection day and night, while both stationary and moving, with good all-round visibility.&...
  • Antitank Support to German Armoured Vehicles
    Antitank Support to German Armoured Vehicles 22 March 2018
    Rheinmetall has integrated the MELLS (German acronym standing for multirole-capable light antitank missile system) missile into the Marder 1A5 infantry fighting vehicle, the company announced on 20 March. Following the successful conclusion of the study phase, the Bundeswehr subsequently ordered 44 MELLS retrofit kits, which were delivered in December 2017. The company said a total of 35 vehicles have been equipped with the new missile system integration kit so far.  ...
  • MBDA, Lockheed Announced New Joint Venture
    MBDA, Lockheed Announced New Joint Venture 9 March 2018
    MBDA and Lockheed Martin announced a new joint venture on 8 March to pursue the next generation Integrated Air and Missile Defence System, “TLVS,” for the German Bundeswehr.  Registered as TLVS GmbH, the joint venture is expected to become the prime contractor for the new system. TLVS will leverage the development results and experiences from the $4 billion investment of the trilateral MEADS program (USA, Germany, Italy) and deepen the US – European partn...
  • German Tanks not suitable for NATO Missions
    German Tanks not suitable for NATO Missions 17 February 2018
    According to German Daily Die Welt, German armed forces are unable to meet their obligations to NATO in several areas, notably in the field of main battle tanks. According to Daily, article is based on a leaked document, the German military is under-equipped to take on its upcoming role as leader of NATO's anti-Russian defence force. The German military has secretly admitted that it can't fulfill its promises to NATO. The Bundeswehr is due to take over le...
  • Germany Kicked-Off Competition
    Germany Kicked-Off Competition 19 December 2017
    The German military has approved plans to purchase nearly $4,72 billion worth of new heavy-lift helicopters, a military source told Reuters on 15 December. Lockheed Martin will offer its CH-53K helicopter to Bundeswehr, while Boeing will seek to sell its twin-rotor CH-47. The defence ministry expects to issue a request for information in the second half of 2018 after completing a fleet capability study, with a contract award seen in mid-2020. ...
  • 55. Issue Sector News
    55. Issue Sector News 7 November 2017
    Latvia Took Delivery of Howitzers Bundeswehr Restocks Long-Range Investments Seeing without Seeing: Virtual Window Technology ROKETSAN, Ready for Global Competition Otokar Beyond Borders White Hackers Compete TAI Began Countdown for ANKA-S TEI Delivers Indigenous New Engine for ANKA  Helicopter MİLDAR Passed the Tests FNSS’s ‘Tiger’, Seen in Indonesia
  • Rheinmetall Eyes American Market
    Rheinmetall Eyes American Market 11 October 2017
    Rheinmetall is also exhibiting along with many other American armored vehicle manufacturers seeking a share of the American Army's large-scale modernization program at the AUSA, which closes its doors today. Rheinmetall, who is very interested in the market, is enthusiastic about getting a share of this big business item, although the company mostly marketed ammunition, ballistic protection systems and C4ISR intensive during the exhibition. Rheinmetall will also b...
  • German Troops Left Incirlik Base
    German Troops Left Incirlik Base 6 October 2017
    Germany’s military has finished its withdrawal from Turkey’s airbase İncirlik. The last German troops have left the base on 27 September.  German parliament decided to leave İncirlik base in June due to Ankara’s refusal to allow visits by German parliamentarians and to deploy the Bundeswehr's Tornado reconnaissance jets, a refueling aircraft, logistical equipment and 260 personnel to Jordan's al-Asrak airbase. 
  • Final H145M Delivery to Bundeswehr
    Final H145M Delivery to Bundeswehr 28 June 2017
    Airbus Helicopters handed over the 15th and final H145M multirole helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The relevant contract was signed in 2013 under Bundeswehr's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Special Operations Forces (SOF) project. Powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines, H145Ms can be used for transport, supply, surveillance, air rescue, armed reconnaissance and medical evacuation missions. Bundeswehr's H145Ms are equipped with full ...