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Climate change brings with it massive security policy challenges. With the increase in extreme weather events such as storms, droughts, heat waves or floods, the habitable and livable space on earth is becoming increasingly smaller and the fight for limited resources is becoming greater. The emergence of conflicts is foreseeable here.

It is therefore in the security interests of states to limit climate change as much as possible, which requires, among other things, a reduction in CO2 emissions. In order to achieve the emissions targets set, states will also have to optimize their armed forces in this regard. However, the aim here is to achieve decarbonization without losing military capabilities.

The German company Vincorion sees itself as part of the solution to this project and has published a strategy paper on the subject of environmental protection and the military. For example, Vincorion supplies parts of the energy system for the Leopard 2 main battle tank or the Puma infantry fighting vehicle. It also produces the power supply for air defense systems such as IRIS-T and Patriot. The company would also like to be awarded the energy supply contract for the Arrow 3 air defense system ordered by Germany.

With the help of its new units, Vincorion wants to significantly reduce fuel consumption, so that in addition to CO2 savings, longer endurance and a reduction in logistical supplies are to be achieved.

Stefan Stenzel, Managing Director of Vincorion, says: “We have determined the potential of our new devices. When supplying energy to air defense systems, we can reduce CO2 emissions by 33 percent.” According to the company, a new hybrid unit for a Patriot launcher system with 15 kilowatts of power achieved consumption of 1.8 liters of diesel per hour. In comparison, the non-hybrid legacy system requires 3.4 liters per hour, says Vincorion.

The full paper can be viewed here.

ES&T editorial team