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German Military Reduces Its Future Helicopter Fleet

Mar. 15, 2013 - 12:14PM   |  
By ALBRECHT MÜLLER   |   Comments
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Bonn — The German Defense Ministry and industry signed a memorandum of understanding Friday substantially reducing the planned procurement of NH90 transport and Tiger support helicopters (UHT).

Germany will reduce its buy of NH90 helicopters from 122 to 82, and its Tiger purchase from 80 to 57. In this context, industry will buy 11 already delivered Tiger helicopters back from the German military at a later point.

“We took a tough stance in our negotiations, but our discussions were most constructive,” said Christoph Müller, head of communications of Eurocopter Germany. “The outcome is a clear win-win situation for both parties, and provides those involved with a resilient and sustainable solution for the future.”

Eurocopter builds the Tiger and is part of NHI, the manufacturer of the NH90.

As part of the arrangement, the German Navy will also receive 18 naval helicopters, which are derived from the NH90. Germany has already paid for development of the NATO naval helicopter.

“The customized procurement planning with 18 naval helicopters therefore also strengthens the European and international cooperation capability of Germany in this strategically important helicopter segment,” the German Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“An aim of the new agreement for UHT and NH90 is also to avoid negative effects on the other nations involved in the programs,” the Defense Ministry stated.

The deal is part of the strategic reorientation of the Bundeswehr. Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière decided in 2011 to align the numbers of main weapons systems to the needs of the armed forces.

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