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Fallschirmjäger troops from Fallschirmjägerregiment 31 training at the Nienburg-Langendamm training area, Niedersachsen
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Air Defence forces conducting a live-fire exercise using the Patriot, Ozelot, MANTIS and Gepard systems on the coast
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German Newspaper Acknowledges Superiority of Russian T-14 Armata Tank over Domestic Leopard-2
22.10.2019

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The T-14 Armata is a new generation battle tank fitted with a 1500 hp diesel engine and equipped with Malachit dual-explosive reactive armour. According to The National Interest, the combat vehicle has been deemed as "potentially the most dangerous tank in the world".

Russia's cutting-edge T-14 Armata battle tank with its 125 mm calibre cannon eclipses the German Leopard-2 in a number of its characteristics, Die Welt reported.

The daily mentioned the Russian tank in relation to joint attempts by Germany and France to develop a new combat vehicle that will replace their Leopard and Leclerc tanks, respectively.

According to the author of the article, their joint cooperation could be overshadowed by a disagreement on the installation of a cannon that the new tank will be equipped with.

German defence contractor Rheinmetall has developed a 130 mm calibre weapon to replace the old one with a smaller calibre.

Similarly, French weapons manufacturer Nexter announced successful tests of a 140 mm calibre cannon.

Both companies argue that their weapons are the most suitable for the jointly-developed German-French tank.
 

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Airbus delivers first NH90 Sea Lion to the German Armed Forces
25 Oct, 2019

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Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first NH90 Sea Lion naval multi-role helicopter to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), with a further two to be delivered by the end of the year.

In total, 18 Sea Lions have been ordered for the Germany Navy, with deliveries expected to be completed in 2022. The selection of the Sea Lion as the successor to the Sea King was made in March 2013 and the corresponding contract was signed in June 2015.

“I am proud of our teams who worked hard to meet the ambitious delivery schedule of our customer, whose continuous support has also been key in making it happen,” said Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Deutschland. “During the summer, we successfully completed demonstration flights involving the German Navy and BAAINBw to verify the Sea Lion capabilities for search and rescue as well as special forces missions. I am confident that these helicopters will bring next-generation capabilities to the German Navy, and I’m committed to ensure the best level of support for the Sea Lion fleet.”

When deployed, NH90 Sea Lions will take on a wide range of roles including search and rescue (SAR), maritime reconnaissance, special forces as well as personnel and material transportation missions. In addition to its land-based use, the Sea Lion will also operate on Type 702 (Berlin class) combat support ships.

Thanks to its multi-role capability and growth capability, the Sea Lion will not only replace the German Navy’s Sea King Mk41 fleet but significantly enhance its operational capabilities. The fly-by-wire flight controls of the NH90 Sea Lion reduce the crew’s workload thanks to its high precision and ease of use, which particularly come to the fore in over-water hovering, even in poor weather conditions.

The German Navy has also recently opted for the naval version of the NH90 to succeed its 22 Sea Lynx Mk 88A on‑board helicopters that have been in service since 1981.

Five nations are already using the NH90 in its naval NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) version and have completed more than 50,000 flying hours in SAR, humanitarian and military missions, with the 90 helicopters that have been delivered so far. The 399 helicopters that make up the worldwide NH90 fleet have already completed over 230,000 flying hours. This first Sea Lion is also the 400th NH90 helicopter to be delivered.
 

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Sikorsky teamed up with Rheinmetall to locally assemble the CH-53K in Germany, to rival Boeing's CH-47F for the replacement of the CH-53G/GA currently in service in which 40-70 will be built.
the main production plant will be setup in Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg while just planned, Sikorsky will also setup a logistics center in Leipzig. This also comes after, The German Defence Ministry, BMVg, had higher interest/hopes for the CH-47F to win since Boeing was teaming up with 10 smaller companies. with the planned logistics center in Leipzig, Sikorsky also teamed up with 6 smaller companies aside from Rheinmetall to win the competition
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as part of Germany's air defence projects, Germany will buy the MBDA MPCV and mount them on GTK Boxers and Dingos
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