The German defence ministry is planning to purchase 143 Eurofighter jets instead of the original 180, according to various media reports.
The ministry of defense officials informed the parliament's defence committee about the decision Wednesday, according to the DPA.
The reduction had been decided in late 2011 by then defence minister Thomas de Maziere, the report said. Out of the total order, more than 100 jets worth around $19.2 billion have already been delivered, it added.
But Defense Aerospace yesterday reported that Eurofighter has not yet received any official confirmation on the order cancellation from the German Defense Ministry.
Defence Committee chairman Hans-Peter Bartels issued a statement saying Germany should further cut its Eurofighter fleet, according to business daily Handelsblatt. "We should reduce the Euro Fighter fleet to 108 machines, that's enough," he said.
Meanwhile, AFP reported that German ministry's number two, Stephane Beemelmans was fired from his post as secretary of state today, over a series of procurement problems, including of a scandal-tainted drone project, by new Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen.
Eurocopter and Germany today signed a contract for 15 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) to be used by Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), Germanys Special Forces Command. The contract, worth a total of 194 million euros, also includes the related equipment packages to allow KSK to carry out its special operations missions
The German Air Force's procurement of 180 Eurofighter jets is rising beyond its planned 14.7 billion euros, according to a local reports
Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) on Monday handed over the 1,000th DINGO type vehicle to Germany. The handover sets a milestone in the 13 years of the DINGO history
Germany is planning to buy a dozen military drones over the next few years, according to Spiegel. The report said that Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere plans on buying as many as 16 drones, with five to be operational by 2016
Germany's Deutsche Bahn announced its plans to test small drones, trying to reduce the amount of graffiti being sprayed on its property. The plan involves the use of airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night
Germany has decided it will not purchase Euro Hawk reconaissance drones because meeting the standards required to win aviation approval would cost 500 million to 600 million euros, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Even if it committed such funds, there would be no guarantee of securing final approval, the report added
The first Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 made by Alenia Aerrmacchi has completed its first flight. The aircraft performed "very well," according to Alenia Aermacchi test pilot Mario Mutti
The Germany has cancelled contract with U.S
Germanys defense ministry has temporarily halted new orders of its militarys standard assault rifle over accuracy errors, Bild am Sonntag daily reported on June 22. The G36 automatic rifle made by Heckler and Koch is said to become inaccurate after its barrel heated up in prolonged firefights
Now being built in series for the German Army, the new Puma armoured infantry fighting vehicle is on show at this years Eurosatory for the first time. During recent heat (UAE 2013), cold (Norway 2012) and live-fire trials conducted in cooperation with experts from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw) and the German Army, the Puma performed very well under all climatic conditions
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