Germany: green light for over EUR 10 billion defence procurements

By Defence Industry Europe

On July 5, the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag has given its green light to significant defence procurements, including 60 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, three Class 424 fleet service boats, and over 3,000 airborne vehicles.

The approvals were based on proposals put forth by the Ministry of Finance and aim to strengthen cooperation with partners and enhance national and alliance defence capabilities.

The procurement of 60 CH-47F Chinook heavy transport helicopters from the USA was among the approved projects. The Bundeswehr will receive the latest Block II version, equipped with aerial refueling capability. With a total order volume of approximately EUR 6.98 billion, the helicopters are expected to replace the existing CH-53G fleet between 2027 and 2033.

In addition, the committee approved an amendment contract for the procurement of three Class 424 fleet service boats, marking the transition from design to the contractual implementation phase. Valued at up to 3.26 billion euros, the new boats will replace the previous Class 423 fleet service boats, supporting sea-based signal acquisition reconnaissance and ensuring continuous national analysis, assessment, and management skills. Delivery of the fleet service boats is scheduled between 2029 and 2031.

Furthermore, the committee granted approval for the procurement of up to 3,058 airborne vehicles in various configurations, along with the necessary accessories. These highly mobile, all-terrain, and all-wheel-drive wheeled vehicles will significantly enhance the mobility of airborne forces, facilitating the transportation of personnel, equipment, armament, ammunition, and supplies.




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