German Ministry of Defense considers military equipment purchase list

Following the announcement of the 100 billion euro ($111.69 billion) defense fund by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the German Ministry of Defense is working to generate a list of urgently needed capabilities .

Having already announced plans to acquire the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet to replace the Tornado in its nuclear sharing role, Berlin’s shopping list also includes armed drones and a replacement heavy-lift helicopter.

March 15, Shepherd reported on Germany’s selection of the F-35A and the Eurofighter Electronic Combat Role (ECR) variant to meet fighter aircraft requirements.

A German MoD spokeswoman said Shepherd the ministry welcomed the allocation of the defense budget, adding that current project planning was not designed for additional funding, so “reprioritization must be done quickly.”

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht has instructed the Bundeswehr Inspector General to generate a “list of urgently needed project-supported capabilities”.

The spokeswoman added: ‘The stated goal is to get materials to soldiers faster.’

Shepherd He was told that priority had been given to improving “personal equipment and clothing” and that planning for new capabilities had begun, but concrete plans could not be named.

The spokeswoman added: “Regardless of this, we are of course sticking to the current planning of important projects – which we urgently need.

“These include, for example, the heavy lift helicopter as the successor to the obsolete CH-53, the successor to the Tornado and the armament of drones.”

Previously, The Spiegel reported that a memo from the German Ministry of Defense indicated that funding would be provided for several multinational projects, including strategic airlift capabilities, frigates and landing pad projects with the Netherlands; the Franco-German Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) tank project; and a joint program with Norway for new Type 212 Common Design (CD) submarines, among others.

According to the note, around 20 billion euros should be allocated for new munitions and 2 billion euros for new corvettes.

A rendering of the Type 212CD submarine. (Photo: thyssenkrupp Marine Systems)

Sam Cranny-Evans, research analyst at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), said Shepherd that he expects Germany to put more emphasis on air defense in the future, given Russia’s extensive use of precision-guided missiles to destroy “military infrastructure, militaro -industrial and civil” during its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Cranny-Evans added: “It would be very difficult for any country to provide comprehensive cover against this type of threat, but the war in Ukraine suggests that Germany may want to step up its efforts in this direction.”

According to The Spiegelthe memo directed funds to modernize Patriot air defense systems and the multinational air defense project Twister.

Cranny-Evans said a secondary aspect could be the “continued and expanded funding” of the Bundeswehr’s digital soldier effort known as the Enhanced Future Infantryman System (IdZ-ES).

He added: “The war in Ukraine indicates the primacy of conventional warfare and the geographic scope that may be involved. This presents challenges for European forces that have downsized and sacrificed mass for advanced technological capabilities.

“That in itself is probably fine, provided that all assets can be connected and coordinated efficiently to get the most out of those assets.”

Finally, Cranny-Evans said another element could be the deployment of the Trophy active protection system, adding that while Ukraine hasn’t taught the world anything new about the vulnerability of MBTs and other armored vehicles, it has “re-emphasized” the lessons. and brought discussions to the forefront of minds.

Cranny-Evans noted, “I would expect a wider deployment of the trophy and possibly consideration of an APS for Bundeswehr IFVs and APCs as well.”

Last year Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and General Dynamics European Land Systems announced a joint venture to market the Trophy APS in Europe.

Germany buys the APS to fit their MBT Leopard 2A6A3.

Cranny-Evans added: “Germany already has programs underway in these areas and its air defense capabilities are greater than some other NATO states.” However, I think it is possible that the additional funds will be used to accelerate these programs and their delivery, or expand them significantly.

“The tension will be whether the money is going to fund new things – a purchase of F-35s or armed UAVs for example – or to clear out projects that Germany already has in place.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered a significant shift in German policy, with Scholz also announcing on February 27 that Berlin would start spending at least 2% of its GDP on defence.

The increase is likely to make Germany the biggest defense spender in Europe unless the UK increases its spending – something MPs across the political spectrum are calling for.

James R. Rhodes