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With the support of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), Safran Electronics & Defense has secured contracts for the delivery of new automatic parachute systems for the Bundeswehr. As the BAAINBw has announced, the delivery of 1,662 main and 1,162 reserve parachutes was agreed in contracts for 2021, starting this year. Accordingly, the planning provides for the start of the procurement of a second lot from 2023. In addition to the delivery of the parachutes themselves, the contract includes training in the form of an initial briefing by the industry and the stocking of associated spare parts, according to the BAAINBw.

As is well known, this is intended to cover the Bundeswehr's total requirement of 4,336 main and 3,090 reserve parachutes. In the EUR 25 million proposal from June 2021, a financial requirement of EUR 57.1 million was specified for both lots.ESUT and Soldier & technologyreported about it.

With the introduction of the modern and more powerful "Ensemble de Parachutage du Combattant" (EPC) parachute system, the T-10/T-10R automatic parachute system introduced in 1957 and used almost unchanged will be successively replaced, according to the BAAINBw. The main advantages of the new parachute system compared to the system previously used are better pendulum behavior, a lower rate of descent despite a higher load and a better controllable orientation when landing. The project manager responsible in the BAAINBw, Dirk May, adds that this significantly reduces the risk of injury to the soldiers.

As the BAAINBw writes, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands decided at the beginning of 2020 to jointly procure a modern automatic parachute system, in particular to improve the interoperability of the airborne forces for training, exercise and deployment through the use of a shared parachute system, as well as to improve the functional safety and performance for Adjust low-altitude mass jumps to modern requirements.

Under last year's financial targets, deliveries of the first batch are expected to be completed by 2026. It could be accelerated by increasing the procurement funds through the special fund of 100 billion euros and the increased defense budget - as soon as the associated laws are final.

Editors / gwh