Berlin moves to boost military global reach

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11 November 2004 , BERLIN - Germany's parliament on Thursday approved the purchase of naval surveillance planes and armoured trucks both of which are seen as crucial to boosting the global reach of the country's armed forces. The German Navy is getting eight used P-3C Orions which are being bought from the Netherlands at a cost of EUR 271 million. Built in the US, the four-engine turboprop P-3C Orion is an anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft which can also conduct surveillance of battle-space

11 November 2004

BERLIN - Germany's parliament on Thursday approved the purchase of naval surveillance planes and armoured trucks both of which are seen as crucial to boosting the global reach of the country's armed forces.

The German Navy is getting eight used P-3C Orions which are being bought from the Netherlands at a cost of EUR 271 million.

Built in the US, the four-engine turboprop P-3C Orion is an anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft which can also conduct surveillance of battle-space either at sea or over land.

The P-3C Orions replace Germany's 40-year-old Breguet Atlantic surveillance planes.

Parliament's budget committee also gave a green light for purchase of 55 armoured "Dingo 2" transport vehicles.

The Dingo 2 can carry up to eight soldiers and equipment and is light enough to be transported in the German Air Force's standard airlift jet, the Transall C160.

Cost of the Dingo 2s is EUR 36.1 million.

Germany has been downsizing its combined armed forces, the Bundeswehr, and is shifting to equipment which can easily be transported to trouble spots around the world.

As part of this programme Berlin is radically cutting back the number of heavy Leopard II main battle tanks in the army.

About 10,000 German troops are currently serving abroad on international missions in Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and the Balkans. 

DPA

Subject: German news 
 

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