Friday, April 5, 2013

The German MoD announced its plans to cut its defense budget by 2016

The German MoD announced its plans to cut its defense budget by 2016 and is expected to reduce its expenditure on military aircraft and other arms contracts over the next five years. The budget cuts will result in reductions in the procurement of helicopters, heavy lift military transport aircraft, tanks, and jet fighters. The Bundeswehr is planning not to buy the last tranche of 37 Eurofighter aircraft and Germany is expected reduce its orders of Puma tanks by 120, 40 NH-90 naval helicopters, and also 40 Tiger multi-role attack helicopters. In addition, the MoD has announced plans to substantially reduce the size of its troop force by temporarily suspending its national conscription program, in order to make further cuts. The country expects to save US$1.31 billion during this period as a result of the reduction in armed forces and civilian support staff.
Over the forecast period the German MoD is expected to focus on the suspension of national conscription and restrict defense procurements to core military hardware only. Furthermore, Germany’s intention to align its defense capabilities with those of the EU, coupled with the decommissioning of its existing defense systems, including 15 Trans all cargo aircraft, 100 Tornado jet fighters, and a significant number of frigates from its navy, may also pose challenges to defense suppliers.

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