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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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    Quote Originally Posted by kato View Post
    The Bundeswehr will buy back 95 Leopard 2 A4 tanks from the industry and have 68 of them upgraded to Leopard 2 A7V standard. The current 20 Leopard 2 A7 as well as the 16 Dutch Leopard 2 A6M will also be brought to A7V standard
    Contract has been handed out to Rheinmetall. The modernization itself for 108 tanks is only 114 million. The 68 A4 to be upgraded will receive a new 120mm/L55A1 gun, which is apparently modified to fire higher-pressure KE rounds (for better performance).

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    Leopard 2 A7V upgrade:

    • 68 A4 from depots, 20 A7 in service and 18 A6NL will be upgraded
    • timeline: 2 A7 upgraded by end of 2019 as series prototypes, then 18 A6NL followed by 68 A4 in 2020, finally remaining 18 A7.
    • since overall the upgrade is considered minor the version number isn't raised; once all A7 are upgraded to A7V standard the V (for "verbessert" - "improved") will also be dropped.
    • the "similarity" of the designation with the first German tank appearing exactly a hundred years ago "has been noted", at least according to articles from project managers in the procurement agency.
    • primary system changes:
      • will upgrade drive train, suspension and tracks to support maximum combat weight of 70 tons (metric) - drive train of all previous versions is still original version from original introduction.
      • modify drive train to increase sprint acceleration to those of original Leopard 2 again despite higher weight, will come at cost of slightly lower top speed
    • external changes:
      • will add armour to glacis "known from other upgrades" - read: MEXAS-H as in A5DK and Strv122
      • will allow installation of add-on armour modules on entire vehicle
      • small modifications to Barracuda optical camouflage system to adapt for external changes
    • internal changes:
      • adds IR sight for driver (forward and aft)
      • new monitors for commander
      • new digital system for main gun stabilization
      • replacement of gunner sight with a new 3rd generation IR system and new laser rangefinder
      • replacement of the cooling system of A7 with a new one that will also replace the NBC overpressure system; space for NBC overpressure system will be reused for additional cooling system for the hull/driver (the A7 system only cools the turret compartment)
      • small physical changes to ammunition bunker to optimize DM11 usage (new HE rounds, heavier than previous rounds)
      • full overhaul of all engines


    A number of concepts for the upgrade have been pushed back to the next version:
    • upgrading engine to 1200 kW (from 1100 kW)
    • remote weapons station
    • autonomous target tracking
    • hard-kill active protection system
    since "despite this being portrayed differently none of the off-the-shelf available systems offer sufficient TRL for integration yet".
    Last edited by kato; 03 Nov 17, at 23:30.

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