German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen presented a major defence equipment spending package to the German parliament on 27 January, setting out EUR130 billion (USD142 billion) in defence procurement over the next 15 years.
Von der Leyen’s package includes not only the procurement of more systems and platforms, but also the overhaul and modernisation of existing platforms. In total the Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg) has identified about 1,500 individual measures it wants to take by 2030.
Instead of treating the plans as a temporary budgetary spike to cover immediate investment requirements, the BMVg is looking for this to be set out as a permanent increase of the country’s defence budget (EUR33 billion in 2015). This seems likely to happen, as Von der Leyen stated her spending plans had met with general approval from the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Von der Leyen’s plan calls for an immediate increase of land systems numbers, including increasing Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) numbers from 225 to 320; Fennek reconnaissance vehicles from 217 to 248; Boxer 8×8 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from 272 to 402; and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers from 89 to 101. Additionally, up to 192 Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) could be retained in service alongside the already planned 342 Puma IFVs.
Full article: Germany plans EUR130 billion military investment (IHS Jane’s 360)