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Franco-German alliance for warships mooted

The Local · 1 Aug 2011, 11:55

Published: 01 Aug 2011 11:55 GMT+02:00

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The European defence group EADS, owner of plane maker Airbus, manufactures military helicopters and the A400 military transport plane.

Berlin and Paris are considering opening talks later this year on a similar alliance in the field of naval construction, which would involve the German ThyssenKrupp group and the French DCNS military dockyards, the Financial Times Deutschland newspaper reported on Monday, citing sources close to the negotiations.

However, ThyssenKrupp released a statement saying it was not currently involved in

talks with DCNS on a possible alliance and that no such talks were planned for the future.

Germany had long rejected such a deal, fearing disputes with France over political control of the group and over which dockyards would remain open.

Nonetheless, a recent failure by ThyssenKrupp to sell its Blohm and Voss dockyards

to Abu Dhabi MAR has given new impetus to the project, which is backed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the paper said.

A joint venture might see France take charge of the construction of frigates, while Germany would be responsible for submarines, the paper suggested.

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A recent deal between the French DCNS and the German electronic specialist Atlas Elektronik, a joint venture involving ThyssenKrupp and EADS, for manufacturing torpedoes could serve as an initial test for such a joint venture, the paper added.


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16:12 August 1, 2011 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
This is an excellent idea.

Germany and France are natural allies, and we should do everything we can to encourage closer military ties between our two countries.
21:41 August 1, 2011 by whpmgr
I am concerned for Germany. It is no secret that information of sensative nature finds its way to Russian hands. They are as leaky as a sieve. So, why allow them access to everything? Germany would be better served by producing teh items without any interaction with France. BUt the problem is then buying ships from teh French. So you have a problem no matter what you do...I do not trust our french allies.
23:16 August 1, 2011 by wxman
Albeit modern in appearance, that's a pretty dinky sub. No bigger than a WWII U-boat.
00:03 August 2, 2011 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen

That's because it's a diesel boat. Germany doesn't build or operate nuclear-powered vessel. It does, however, make the finest diesel and fuel cell submarines in the entire world.
03:08 August 2, 2011 by DOZ
If you got any old Rusty Subs, Canada will buy them. They don't need to dive to deep.
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