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In the 8th amendment to the permanent service contract, the BAAINBw and Heeresinstandstellungslogistik (HIL) GmbH have contractually agreed on the modernization and realignment of the repair company for land systems. On November 8th, the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag approved a total of 13.4 billion euros for the modernization of the wholly owned subsidiary of the federal government and the ongoing repairs until 2034 (ESuTreported).

HIL GmbH complements and supports the military logistics forces in basic operations and in all operational options from international crisis management to national and alliance defense.

According to the BAAINBw, the focus of the realignment is to significantly increase the proportion of in-house maintenance. This is to be achieved in particular by increasing maintenance hours by almost 15 percent to 5.8 million working hours per year. In addition, HIL GmbH will grow significantly in terms of personnel over the next few years. By 2031, the workforce is expected to increase to a total of around 3,500 employees.

HIL GmbH repairs land systems, such as the Fuchs armored transport vehicle, in its own workshops. (Photo: Bundeswehr Bannert)

In addition to recruiting personnel, investments are also being made in technical qualifications, writes the BAAINBw. To maintain technical capabilities, HIL is building a knowledge management system that uses suitable concepts to ensure the exchange of knowledge and experience and at the same time keeps pace with the advancing digitalization of land systems.

The factory locations in Sankt Wendel and Doberlug-Kirchhain will be expanded into competence centers for tracked and wheeled vehicles. The plant in Darmstadt will be transferred to a new service center to be built by the branch organization.

According to the BAAINBw, this future-oriented orientation ensures more flexibility, resilience and acceleration of maintenance measures and thus contributes to increasing the material operational readiness of the land forces. The target structure is to be achieved gradually by 2031 through initial qualification by 2027.

Editorial staff / gwh