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The arms Wiesel 1 is the combat vehicle of the parachute, it is characterized by its air transportability, high mobility off-road and firepower. The vehicles were delivered in the years 1990/92 to the troops and thus now have 29 years of use on the "hump", characterized basic measures to maintain or exchange will be necessary. Although the vehicle from the outside looks simple and small (1993 in Somalia, he was of Somalis and some other UN troops as "Pocket Tank") that the technical requirements were very high in the development and implementation of the draft that had technically very be mature enough not to unnecessarily obstruct much material and so to save weight. One of the basic requirements, then as now was the transportability in a CH-53rd Today, especially the issue of obsolescence is brought to the fore. Responsible for projects WIESEL 1 and 2 - with few exceptions - is Unit K 4/5 in the division battle of the Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw).

Actually, a new generation of airborne vehicles should be introduced from 2020, but so far no procurement project has been initiated. Thus, the WIESEL 1 will still be needed in the future. The army has been agreed because of the force reductions with the planning department of the Bundeswehr on the separation of a part of fleet WIESEL first These vehicles will be "cannibalized" to obtain with those obtained by spare parts, the rest of the fleet mission requirements. In addition, should the originally envisaged skills but also to today's needs and the state of the art to be adjusted. This includes mainly the areas of protection, ergonomics, guidance system, means of observation as well as many smaller measures. The aim is the use of up to at least 2030. One of the first measures the system MELLS (multi-reel-capable lightweight missile system) of Euro Spike has been integrated and replaced as the weapon system TOW (Tube Launched Optically tracked Wire command link guided missile). Currently, the army plans with 196 vehicles, The distribution is approximately 2.3 MK 20 mm, approximately 1/3 anti-tank weapon carrier WIESEL 1 (MELLS) and 16 vehicles reconnaissance before.

Life Extension

It was originally planned that the measures for life extension (NDV) WIESEL start one in 2017, the development ie with implementation by the year 2019/20 - then the action should be completed for all vehicles. But the NDV was announced in conjunction with the maintenance until December 2018th

Ahead Flensburger Fahrzeugbau GmbH (FFG) have been developed three prototypes by the FFG. Core elements of NDV are improving Geräuschs- and vibration signature and protection and the optimization of weight and energy balance. This concerns the product categories chassis components, ballistic protection, mine protection, regeneration of obsolescence in weapon system and management information system, lighting, batteries and improvements in ergonomics and occupational safety. Other elements of the contract are the equipment of a Ersatzteilerstbedarfs, a spare parts supply, special tools and update the documentation.

The tender called for the life extension of the WIESEL 1 fleet and repair Maintenance Level three with malicious shutdown. The aim is that the design status is unified under this order, so that at the end instead of nine variants of the Wiesel 1 only four variants exist and remain in use until at least the 2030th Especially in this project is the combination of NDV and maintenance / -setzung.


On 06 November 2019, the approval of the 25 million-submission was made in the budget committee of the German Bundestag. On 19 November, the Contract to the FFG instructed. Since in advance new means of observation by Telefunken RACOMS and the MELLS weapons systems from Euro Spike were taken directly from BAAINBw is under contract to assume that these are supplied in the form of materials provided at FFG. Thus it can be assumed that the total volume for the modernization of Wiesel 1 fleet over the 73 million euros is who posted, the defense ministry on its website.

André Forkert