The Germans arm themselves. They will spend more than 100 billion euros on defense

The German government intends to spend 108 billion euros on defense (more than 495 billion PLN). The enormity of this amount is best evidenced by the fact that it exceeds the revenue of the Polish budget forecast for this year. What equipment and technology can our neighbor get?

“Within NATO, Germany will soon have the largest conventional army in Europe,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview with reporters. Defense News stresses that Berlin’s budget plans will meet the obligations to the Alliance it expects from member states that they will spend 2% on defense. your GDP. We explain which equipment and technologies can be purchased by Germany.

F-35 fighters

According to the media, 20 billion of the declared amount must be covered by the replenishment of ammunition stocks. In addition, the Germans are interested in purchasing 35 American F-35 fighters (the unit price of the machine in the “A” version is almost 90 million dollars). There are also plans to launch a new program of heavy-lift helicopters for which American producers Boeing and Lockheed Martin have already submitted their offers.

F-35s are fifth-generation American single-seaters. They are equipped with a number of modern technologies, including stealth, which reduce the possibility of their detection. Said version of “A” can develop a speed of up to 2200km/h. The fighter has reach 2222 km and years up to 15 thousand. M. The fighter is capable of carrying up to 8 tons of weapons.

American F-35 fighter
Image source: © Public domain | Master Sergeant John R. Nimmo; Sr.

American F-35 fighter

The aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 turbojet engine. The F-35 is armed with a 25mm GAU-22/A cannon, AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles and laser-guided bombs. The helmets of the pilots of these machines are equipped with HMD screens.

Puma combat vehicles

Already in March, Defense News predicted that Germany could also consider increasing the number of Puma infantry fighting vehicles. They are innovative vehicles resistant to mine explosions, improvised explosives weighing up to 10 kg and bombardments of a 14.5 mm caliber weapon.

The weight of the base version of the vehicle (the so-called. level A) is about 31.45 t. The car is powered by a 1073 HP MTU V10 892 diesel enginewhich allows it to accelerate on the road to a speed of 70 km/h. The design has a range of 600 km and is armed with a 30 mm MK 30-2 autocannon, a Spike anti-tank guided missile, a 76 mm grenade launcher and a 5 MG4 machine gun, 56mm.

Missile Corvette

According to Defense News, Berlin could also allocate some of its spending to other Type 130 missile corvettes. about 48 km/h). The first units of this type began to enter service in 2008.

The corvette is supported by two S-100 unmanned helicopters. Its armament includes the OTO Melara 76mm cannon, two 27mm cannons, two RIM-116 RAM anti-aircraft missile launchers and four RBS15 Mk3 anti-ship missile launchers.

New technologies

The technologies developed by the German defense industry are also important. It can be assumed that Berlin can allocate part of its expenditure to solutions developed, among others, by the Rheinmetall AG group. It is worth paying special attention to the two proposals of this company, which we have discussed in our previous materials.

The first is the Rheinmetall Mission Master SP – Fire Support ground vehicle, which fires laser-guided FZ275 rockets from Thales Belgium. The machine was equipped with a Rheinmetall Fieldranger Multi remote-controlled weapon module with two 7-tube 70 mm rocket launchers. According to the manufacturer, the maximum range of this weapon is 7 km.

Another proposal of this concern is a laser weapon to counter drones, developed at the request of the Bundeswehr. The system is developed under the Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) program. The testbed for this weapon includes five fiber laser modules with a total power 10kW. In the opinion of the company Rheinmetall recently conducted field tests of the system with satisfactory results.

Adam Gaafar, journalist for Wirtualna Polska

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