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Germany announced a new air defence frigate (destroyer) which will augment the current 3 Sachsen class frigates. The 4 F127 frigates, to be called the Hessen Class.
Sensors: Thales Nederland APAR multi-purpose radar, Thales Nederland SMART-L long range radar, Atlas Elektronik ASO hull mounted sonar
armament: 1 Oto Melara 76mm, Slyver VLS for the ASTER-15/30 Surface to Air Missiles, 2 MLG-27s, 2 HEL laser systems, 2 RIM-116 systems, and 8 RBS-15MK4 or NSM Anti-ship missiles.
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My favorite AFV. Boxer, Patria, and Piranha. Nothing comes close to them. I would have to think about the LAV-II.?
the Boxer and Piranha for real, good APCs. the Patria is amazing but they need to pick up the exports :)
the LAV-Series I don't really like
 

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German U-33 enters dry dock after suspected leak

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The German Bundeswehr has reported that a Class 212A U-33 submarine (pictured) from 1st Submarine Squadron entered a dry dock in Kiel, Germany on 28 April after experiencing a suspected leak.

The leak is believed to be occurring via the torpedo tube but the crew failed to locate the exact cause whilst still afloat.

Torpedoes from the vessel were delivered to the Laboe ammunition depot for examination and subsequent repairs before the U-33 entered the dry dock.

It is expected that any repairs will be completed by 11 May at the latest and that the U-33 will then resume normal operations
 

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in a short summarized version of this, the MKS-180 class will begin construction started sooner then expected, originally was suppose to begin in 2021. Kiel and Bremen are to construction the entire class under a JV
 

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Germany will contribute to the new EU Mission "Irini" which is aimed at imposing an arms embargo on Libya and halt the transfer of arms. Germany will contribute 300 soldiers + a P-3C Orion with the discussion of a potential couple warships being added to the mission
 

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Germany will contribute to the new EU Mission "Irini" which is aimed at imposing an arms embargo on Libya and halt the transfer of arms. Germany will contribute 300 soldiers + a P-3C Orion with the discussion of a potential couple warships being added to the mission
Germany support what party in Libya?
 

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Germany approves 6 billion euro warship contract, 2.8 billion to Airbus: source
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BERLIN (Reuters) - The German parliament’s budget committee on Wednesday approved a 6 billion euro ($6.73 billion) contract to buy four MKS 180 warships from Dutch shipyard Damen, a source said.

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The source added that the committee had also authorised a 2.8 billion euros’ spending on a contract with Airbus to modernise the radar of the largest part of the country’s Eurofighter warplane fleet.

($1 = 0.8914 euros)

The German Navy describes the Multi-purpose Combat Ship 180 (MehrzweckKampfSchiff ) as an “all-rounder”. The future vessel will be fit for a wide range of tasks thanks to its mission modules – with superiority in full fledged naval warfare at the extreme end of the spectrum.

The MKS 180 will be a multi-mission platform. Built-in modules designed for specific military missions will make this possible. These mission modules are at the heart of what “multipurpose combat ship” means in practice.

MKS 180 Missions:
  • Self-defense and combat missions
  • Creation of a maritime picture above and under water
  • Maritime surveillance and embargo control, including VBSS
  • Military evacuation in crisis situations
  • Escort for merchant ships
  • Command of a naval task force

MKS 180 Main Characteristics
  • Length: approximately 155 meters at waterline
  • Displacement: maximum 9,000 tonnes
  • Accommodation: 110 crew, 70 passengers
  • Operating endurance: 24 months
  • Operating area: worldwide
  • Ice class: 1C / E1 for sea areas with ice formation
  • Service life: 30 years
 

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Is Germany's Military Dying?
Just a handful of the German military’s new attack and transport helicopters reportedly were combat-ready in November 2019, prolonging a deep readiness crisis in Berlin’s armed forces. And that's just for starters.

Local media reported that just eight of the German army’s 53 Tiger attack helicopters and 12 of the service’s 99 NH-90 transports were war-ready.

A military branch typically aims to ensure that as much as 80 percent of its major hardware at any given time is ready for combat. U.S. military fighter squadrons usually try to maintain an 80-percent readiness rate.
For highly complex weapons systems, lower readiness rates generally are acceptable. The U.S. Navy plans to deploy six of its 11 carriers within 30 days of a crisis, plus a seventh within 90 days. The U.S. Air Force, for example, seems content to be able to deploy on short notice just half of its 20 B-2 stealth bombers.
German army helicopter readiness by contrast reportedly hovers at around 15 percent. Low readiness doesn’t only mean fewer helicopters for operations. It also impacts manpower. “The catastrophic operational readiness of the Tiger now also affects the training of the pilots,” Tobias Lindner, a politician with Germany’s Green Party, toldBild. “This state of affairs is irresponsible.”

Readiness disasters are perennial news in Germany. In mid-2018 just 10 of the German air force’s then 128 Eurofighter Typhoons were mission-ready, local media reported. At the same time, only 26 of the air force’s 93 Tornado fighter-bombers were ready.
The shortage of Typhoons and Tornadoes made it impossible for the German air force to meet its obligation to NATO to maintain 82 fighters in a high state of readiness for a sudden crisis. “The Luftwaffe is at a low point,” admitted Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz, then the new chief of staff of the air force.

The problem extended across the German armed forces. According to a 2018 report to the German parliament, only 16 of 72 CH-53 transport helicopters, three of 15 A400 airlifters, 105 of 224 Leopard 2 tanks, and five of 13 frigates were ready.
Most catastrophically, none of the German navy’s six submarines were capable of deploying. One of Type 212 diesel-electric boats had suffered a minor accident. Three were in shipyards for long-term maintenance and two were tied up in port for less intensive repairs.

Navy officials blamed a shortage of spare parts. “While a comprehensive package of spare parts was a key aspect of any new acquisition during the Cold War, cost-saving measures adopted since then have resulted in parts no longer being kept in reserve,” Defense News reported, citing a navy official’s comments to local media.
German chancellor Angela Merkel in mid-2019 pledged slowly to increase the percentage of national gross domestic product that Germany spends on its armed forces. Merkel said that by the early 2030s Germany would meet NATO’s two-percent-GDP spending goal for its member states.

Incredibly, the German air force plans to acquire scores of new warplanes even as it fails to maintain the planes it already has.
The German air force just received the last Eurofighter Typhoon fighter from its initial order for 143 of the planes. But many more new Typhoons could be in the air arm’s future as it eyes replacements for older planes.

The German air force in late 2019 operated 141 surviving Typhoons plus 74 Tornado fighter-bombers and 30 Tornado ECRs, the latter equipped with special weapons and sensors for the dangerous suppression-of-enemy-air-defenses, or SEAD, mission.
The 1980s-vintage Tornados are up for replacement. Versions of the Typhoon could fit the bill. And new Typhoons might also replace some of the older Typhoons in German service. If Berlin orders new Typhoons for all possible requirements, the German air force in a decade or so could operate more than 250 Typhoons.

But if current readiness rates hold, just a couple of dozen of the fighters might be ready for combat.
 

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