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At their first meeting after the summer break, the Bundestag's budget and defense committees approved three 25 million bills, on the basis of which procurements for the modernization of the Bundeswehr can be commissioned.

It is now up to the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use in Koblenz to quickly conclude the contracts so that production of the three projects can begin. In detail these are:

Anti-ship missile RBS15 Mk3

The contract with Diehl Defense has already been concluded for the procurement of the RBS15 Mk3 anti-ship missile to equip the K130 corvettes. The RBS15 Mk3 are being procured in a framework contract that provides for a quantity of 160 guided missiles. A first call for 75 of the long-range guided missiles and accessories with a financial volume of 285 million euros was firmly commissioned. In addition, there are necessary information technology components and test material worth a further six million euros. The delivery to the Navy is to take place in the period 2022 to 2026 parallel to the planned delivery of the second batch of the K130.

2,1 Milliarden Euro für Informationstechnik und Munition
RBS15 Mk3 belongs to the standard armament of the K130 corvettes (Photo: Diehl)

The Mark 3 version of the heavy anti-ship missile developed together with Saab was first delivered in 2011 as the main armament for corvettes of the new K130 class. Production takes place in cooperation with Saab. Saab's share in the current order is 160 million euros and has already been awarded as a subcontract.

As a new generation guided missile with a long range, active radar seeker and a combination of inertial and GPS-based navigation, the Mk3 offers naval forces a significant expansion of their previous capabilities. With RBS15 Mk3 can not only be fought successfully at long range, but also targets precisely on land.

In addition to Germany and Sweden, numerous other countries use the RBS15 weapon system.

Expansion of digitization

The in-house IT company BWI GmbH and its predecessor companies have been supporting the expansion of the digitalization of the Bundeswehr through long-term contracts since 2006. Above all, changed (additional) tasks make adjustments to the service contracts necessary at short intervals. After the initiated increase in equity from the federal government's economic stimulus program a few weeks ago, the expansion of digitization in the armed forces and, above all, in the health care system of the German armed forces is being pushed forward with the amendment of the service contract. From 2021, a total of 1.6 billion euros in addition to the previous financial resources are planned for a period of seven years. This increases the planned annual turnover of BWI GmbH from orders from the German armed forces to 1.2 billion euros.

2,1 Milliarden Euro für Informationstechnik und Munition

GBU-54 precision armament for the Eurofighter

2,1 Milliarden Euro für Informationstechnik und Munition
Photo: mawibo media

The ammunition mix of the Eurofighter is supplemented by the GBU-54 precision armament. The all-weather precision weapon for short ranges can precisely attack stationary and moving targets under almost all weather and visibility conditions. The Guided Bomb Unit (GBU) 54 consists of a laser-assisted guidance system LJDAM (Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition) from Boeing, a standard bomb body Mk-82 and a bomb detonator FBM21-GER. The steering and control section of the GBU-54 uses the combination of GPS and inertial navigation with a passive laser seeker head. The control range of the 230 kg heavy GBU is given as up to 28 km.

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