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Bundeswehr outlines cuts to military hardware

The Local · 7 Jul 2010, 09:07

Published: 07 Jul 2010 09:07 GMT+02:00

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Experts from the Defence Ministry have drawn up a 23-page list of where cuts can be made – with the brunt of savings being borne by air force equipment, daily Bild reported.

Some 15 Transall military transport planes will be immediately decommissioned and the number of the new Airbus A400M transport planes reduced.

The number of NH90 helicopters that the military plans to buy will be cut from 122 to 80, and the number of Tiger combat helicopters cut from 80 to 40.

One hundred Tornado fighter jets will be retired as soon as possible, leaving just 85 in action.

The Bundeswehr will also forego the last 37 Eurofighters it has ordered, which are still to be delivered.

The Navy will have to relinquish eight frigates, 10 speedboats and 21 Sea King helicopters. These cuts will be made in the medium to long term.

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The Navy will order just three, rather than the planned four, new “125-class” frigates.

According to daily Handelsblatt, the unmanned drone craft Talarion, made by EADS, is also on the hit list. And the order for “Puma” tanks will be reduced from 400 to 280, the paper reported.

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11:03 July 7, 2010 by Celeon
The Talarion drone is actually not on the hit list because it was never on the order list.

Its a project EADS advertises to France, Germany and Spain since a few years but none of them have placed orders for it. Its basically a smaller version of the u.s Global Hawk.

Practically, Germany already dropped all interest when it ordered five Global Hawks from Northrop Grumman one of which just made its first flight last week.

Im glad to hear that the remaining orders for two type 212 uboats are not on the list of cuts.
11:53 July 7, 2010 by moistvelvet
All the gear and no idea, nice that the government were willing to buy fantastic equipment, but what do they really need so much of it for anyway?

But perhaps the biggest waste of money has to be conscription and employment of non-proffesional i.e. short term contract servicemen thereafter. Not being contracted long term means they don't get the training required for deployments or contribute significantly to the defence of the nation and therefore are not really employable for anything meaningful. I understand that they don't even pay tax, talk about a free meal ticket!

But that is just my view of how I see it, perhaps Grenadier Aus Aachen or another might have a different one and could put me right, because I really would like to think that my tax isn't being wasted.
15:28 July 7, 2010 by dbert4
Nice to see pragmatism in the defense world, too much to hope for from the Amis though.
23:35 July 7, 2010 by cobra226
I wonder how much smaller our military can get.....its not like all 280 Pumas for example will always be 'combat ready'.....there will be times to upgrade / service them....then what??? I figured we would get rid of all the old stuff...i.e bremen class frigates and so on...but not cut the new stuff out as well. Thats rediculous! In a time where Germany should take more responsibility in international missions, we should be better equipped in numbers, as well as quality. Shrinking the Bundeswehr as a whole to the point where we could (potentially) 'damage' our warfare capability is just not smart. Sorry, but even a 'war is a last resort' German do i know that every major NATO nation needs an effective military...
15:53 July 9, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen

Conscription is a wonderfully effective way to have a large standing army without having one. That being said, our conscription system is flawed.

Our training standards are too lax, and we're not making effective use of the equipment we already have as a consequence thereof. Buying more right now doesn't make any sense. We need to first stop people from continually swinging the axe at the Bundeswehr, then re-build and re-organize the perpetual training cycles for the reserves, significantly raise our fitness, training, and leadership standards, and then break the piggybank and buy a whole sleuth of top-block weaponry.

Of course, some people are even in disagreement about whether we actually need a military or not - which is the foggiest of idiotic notions, in my view. Hence, I'm fighting windmills. However, my love for my country does not allow me to remain silent on the issue.
17:52 July 18, 2010 by wenddiver
@dbert4- No your right the Amis always overspend on defence. We are not as fond of having our cities destroyed by other countries air Power, or the US Army strafed from the Air, but of course you know that.
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