Norway opts for Leopard 2 A7

The Norwegian government announced that it is procuring 54 Leopard 2 A7 for the Norwegian armed forces. The German Leopard thus prevailed against competition from South Korea, among others. First of these new battle tanks are to be delivered to Norway as early as 2026. „The new tanks will increase combat power of our armed…

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University of Bundeswehr develops interceptor drone

More than 130 obstructions were caused by drones at Germany’s airports in 2022. The use of these often very small systems – especially by individuals – continues to increase. Now the Bundeswehr University in Hamburg has developed a drone that can intercept unauthorised drones at airports. The system was developed as part of FALKE research…

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Ajax successfully completes its trials

Britain’s new Ajax armoured vehicle is back on track. „We have turned a corner,“ UK’s Minister of State for Defence Procurement at the Ministry of Defence, Alex Chalk, told the Commons Defence Committee. „A great deal of work has taken place and it has successfully completed its trials.“ As recently as the end of December,…

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Teaser Berlin Security Conference

Berlin Security Conference (BSC) 2022 was a big success. The Conference was particularly focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, both with regard to the main programme and the panel discussions. But the lines of action in NATO’s new Strategic Concept and relations with the EU’s Strategic Compass were also key points in our talks and…

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Cooperation and compatibility

Ukraine’s fight for freedom is supported by almost every democracy in the world, with money, humanitarian assistance and military equipment. Weapon systems from Sweden have been quite successful in fighting off Russian invasion. Micael Johansson, CEO Saab AB, Sweden talks about changes for industry in a country joining NATO, about the performance of Saab’s weapons…

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German Experimental Space Surveillance and Tracking Radar

Hensoldt has agreed to cooperate with the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Technology FHR with the aim of transforming the technology demonstrator GESTRA (German Experimental Space Surveillance and Tracking Radar) into a series-production ready, operationally deployable system called Custodian. „Based on the GESTRA technology, a global network of ground-based radar systems can…

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The perception of women

Silvia Petig, Head of Women In International Security (WIIS) Germany, speaks about the origin and contribution of the network to the role of woman in security. WIIS was established in the mid-1980s in the United States by Madeleine Albright. In Germany, the association was created as late as 2003 and membership numbers have doubled since…

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Very High Readiness

Andreas Hannemann, second in Command of the I. german-dutch Corps of the Bundeswehr speaks about leading position the corps takes in 2023 at the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). He states that since the beginning of the war in Ukraine the major change occurred in their mind, since the threat and tasks…

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Moving forward in partnership

Timothy Flood, Director Boeing Defense and Space, talks about capabilities P-8A Poseidon will bring to the German Navy, the plan to partner with German industry to support Germany’s CH-47F Block II Chinook fleet in-country and the impact digital technologies have on warfighting capabilities in the future.

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The problem of ammunition

The symposium „Prospects for Defence Industry“ of the German Society for Defence Technology (DWT) ended yesterday. During these two days speakers provided well-founded insights into the current material and procurement situation of Bundeswehr. „The problem of ammunition is most urgent,“ said Hubert Blahnik, Deputy Head of Equipment Department, German Ministry of Defence. At the same…

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Missing focus

Frank Leidenberger, chief digital officerat BWI, talks about the state of digitisation in the Bundeswehr. He explains that the goals set in 2017 have not been achieved yet. He continues by naming 2 reasons for this being the case. First, he states that money was and is a key problem because even with the large…

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Workshare

Lieutenant General Dr Ansgar Rieks, Vice Chief of German Air Force, talks about the next generation weapon system (NGWS) and the future combat air system (FCAS). He explains that there are two key components to realise this project: First there must be the operative idea that was born to combat an enemy with immense anti…

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Stoltenberg on German contribution

In a visit to Berlin this Tuesday NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Defence Minister Boris Pistorius for Germany’s significant contributions to NATO and strong support to Ukraine. Stoltenberg praised Germany’s considerable contributions to NATO deterrence and defence at a time when Russia’s war in Ukraine has caused the greatest challenges for our security in…

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14 German Leopard for Ukraine

Today, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Germany will supply Leopard 2 main battle tanks to the Ukrainian armed forces. He said this was the result of intensive consultations between Germany and its closest European and international partners. „This decision follows our well-known line of supporting Ukraine to the best of our ability,“ said Chancellor…

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Third Wave Artificial Intelligence

Technology is ready for „Third Wave Artificial Intelligence“, specialists say. After First Wave, where humans programmed the what-if-algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) simply used these, and Second Wave, where humans fed AI with data and it found statistical correlations by itself, Third Wave aims to develop an AI that is not restricted to one specific…

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Contract on the new Bundeswehr assault rifle

Bundeswehr is – finally, after a long procurement process – getting a new standard assault rifle. Yesterday, representatives of the management of manufacturer Heckler & Koch and project managers of BAAINBw met at the German procurement agency BAAINBw in Koblenz to finalise last contractual details. From 2026, Bundeswehr will receive G95A1 assault rifle as a…

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Collaboration despite varying perspectives and security requirements

Marc Akkermann, head of the capital city office at infodas, speaks about how cross-divisional cooperation and communication in different security branches can be achieved. In his first answer he stated, that there were some branches that have been opened to interdivisional information and security exchange, but there are still larger security silos that need to…

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Benchmark German Sanitätsdienst

Major General (MD) Dr Stephan Schoeps, Deputy Surgeon General of the Bundeswehr, speaks about the high quality in healthcare personnel at the Bundeswehr that was established in the 1990’s and the switch in structure that is currently being planed and worked towards. The goal is to create a paramedic division. A task that comes with…

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Frame contract for CROWS

U.S. Army continues to enhance their Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (CROWS). A 5 year frame contract has been awarded to American Rheinmetall Systems. Within this contract precision subsystems including high-definition image stabilized EO sensors (day cameras), weapon mounts and other critical assemblies can be delivered to support the Army’s CROWS Program. CROWS systems allow…

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Upgrade of the French CN-235

As part of modernization of the French Air and Space Force a contract to upgrade the avionics on French CN-235 tactical transport and logistics aircraft has been awarded to a consortium formed by Sabena technics and Thales. The 27 twin-turboprop aircraft will be upgraded with state-of-the-art avionics to allow integration into general air traffic, significantly…

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Pistorius new German Minister of Defence

Yesterday, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht resigned, and today Chancellor Olaf Scholz appointed Boris Pistorius (62), the long-serving Minister of the Interior of Lower Saxony, as her successor. On Thursday, Pistorius will receive his certificate of appointment from the German President and take his oath of office in the German Bundestag. „I am very pleased…

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We need a Zeitenwende

A new era, changing era or – in German – Zeitenwende is needed in Germany. And it is needed on several levels: strategically and mentally. This was emphasised by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at last year’s Berlin Security Conference (BSC). German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed the dawning of a new era at last year’s Berlin…

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Lynx IFV production in Hungary

Hungary was launch customer for the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) developed by Rheinmetall on the basis of Puma expertise. The Hungarian Ministry of Defence ordered a total of 209 Lynx in seven variants in September 2020, delivery of the first IFV from Hungarian production is scheduled to begin this year. The first German-built Lynx…

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Main battle tanks for Ukraine

United Kingdom will probably be the first nation to supply Western-produced main battle tanks to Ukraine. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged 14 Challenger 2 main battle tanks to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a telephone conversation. Zelenskyy thanked him afterwards on Twitter: “ Always strong support of the UK is now impenetrable and ready…

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Defence Day on Ukraine

Russia’s attack on Ukraine will soon enter its second year. This unprovoked attack has led to a reassessment and a change in security thinking across Europe and the world. It is a war in the middle of Europe in a time when most people thought, that an aera of peace, understanding and respect has started.…

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EU project on automatic targeting

European Defence Agency (EDA) launched a new project to improve technology on automatic targeting on January 13, 2023. The project also includes threat recognition and identification to enhance battlefield effectiveness. „Automatic target/threat recognition, identification and targeting for land systems (ATRIT) can help militaries in detecting, tracking, prioritising and selecting targets, whether off the top of…

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Rafael and Hensoldt team for an Electronic Warfare Eurofighter. (Photo: BS/Bundeswehr, Bicker)

Eurofighter for electronic warfare

Last week, Israeli company Rafael and German company Hensoldt signed a cooperation agreement to enable German Eurofighters for electronic warfare. Rafael announced: „Together, we endeavor to provide the Sky Shield airborne electronic warfare pod as a mature off-the-shelf Escort Jammer (ESJ) developed by Rafael, enhanced with the latest airborne electronic attack technology (KALÆTRON Attack) by…

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Bundeswehr receives new headsets and electronic components for SMArt 155. (Photo:BS/Bundeswehr, Jana Neumann)

Headsets and munition

Last week, Budget Committee of the German Bundestag released the funds for two projects. Accordingly, around 7.5 million euros are available for equipping soldiers with modern headsets, including hearing protection. Budget Committee approved as much as 97.4 million euros for procurement of „intelligent“ ammunition for the German self-propelled howitzers 2000 (PzH 2000). For 7.5 million…

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Unreliable Starlink

Uncertainties surrounding the supply of communications links vital to the survival of Ukrainian armed forces continue. No networked operations without Starlink, the dependence on this civilian provider is too big. At the same time, however, Starlink’s owner, Elon Musk, proved how uncertain this reliability is. After Starlink first enabled Ukraine to have a chance against…

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First 25 Boxer were delivered to Australia in June 2021. Foto: BS/Rheinmetall

Australian Boxer achieves IOC

Australian Army’s Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle achieves Initial Operational Capability (IOC). On this occasion Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Richard Marles, announced the Boxer’s success in meeting Australian Army’s stated operational needs, paving the way for Boxer to be deployed on operations. Gary Stewart, Managing Director Rheinmetall Defence Australia, stated: „Boxer CRV…

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Different elements of German GES. Picture: BS/ESG

Integration of German Ground Exploitation Systems

Any air defense needs a reliable reconnaissance and surveillance. Bundeswehr signed a contract for five deployable Ground Exploitation Systems (GES) recently. These GES are part of RAFAEL RecceLite aerial reconnaissance system used by German Air Force. To enable high mobility and rapid availability in different deployment scenarios, all GES will be realised for transport by…

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