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    The CIR command, itself established in April, officially had its 13,500 soldiers - and an unnamed number of civilian contractors - assigned yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kato View Post
    Out of 30 projects in the overall list the budget committee passed 23 today; notable ones among the seven postponed items are the Heron-TP armed drones and the spare A400M engines, the Spike LR integration on Puma subproject, the Leopard 2 ammunition and the MoTaKo communications platform demonstrators. The government will probably try for these again next wednesday with some modifications to the bills.
    Out of the above all except Heron-TP was signed off on the 30th.
    • For Puma TSWA was also signed off, i.e. the independent multiple grenade launcher meant for short-range organic indirect fire (current iteration: 16x 40mm HE, 6x 76mm LTL CS) that will be mounted on the back.
    • The Leopard ammunition deal is for 5,000 rounds DM11 airburst HE at €9,000 per round.
    • The A400M package also includes money for operating the last 13 A400M (out of 53) that the Luftwaffe originally wanted to sell.
    • GMLRS (Unitary) procurement is for 600 missiles + modification of a further 18 MARS from depots to MARS II / GMLRS configuration (for 56 in active troops total).


    Heron-TP was pretty much struck from the list by the SPD. They want unarmed drones and (now) more attack helicopters instead.

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    Upcoming procurement projects beyond the ones publically known that didn't make it in before the election:
    • new heavy transport helicopter; either CH-53K or CH-47F replacing current CH-53G/GA/GS models. Likely to be Chinooks. 3.84B EUR assigned for "small model" with 10,000 flight hours and 41 helicopters; military wants "larger model" with 17,000 flight hours and 60 helicopters (effectively a one-to-one replacement for 64 CH-53). Decision on numbers this month. Tender will follow, procurement expected 2020 for delivery 2022.
    • upcoming next year: functional description within tendering process for a Wiesel airmobile weapons platform replacement. Needs helos to be decided first.
    • VTOL UAVs for K130 corvettes. Effectively only ones in the running are Schiebel's S-100 CamCopter and Saab/ESG's V-200 Skeldar. CamCopter was originally meant to be procured a few years ago for that but the tendering process was cancelled when Schiebel couldn't make it run on F44 (JP5). They've since equipped it with a different engine and are using the RAN as their labrat for it right now.

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