Germany is denying clearance to Rheinmetall for few defense trades with Turkey amid a row over campaign appearances by Turkish officials in pursuading support for a referendum that could boost President Tayyip Erdogan's powers.
"The German government is currently denying clearance for some export contracts", Rheinmetall Chief Executive Armin Papperger told reporters on Thursday after the release of its full-year results.
He said Rheinmetall remained in talks with Turkey over a contract to supply a defense system for its Leopard battle tanks, after the country lost 10 such vehicles in its war against the Islamic State.
Rheinmetall and peer Krauss Maffei jointly build the Leopard tanks. "Europeans would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude towards Turkey," Erdogan said on Wednesday.
German government has rejected over 10 arms export contracts to NATO partner country Turkey on the basis of protecting human rights. According to German government figures, the federal government rejected eleven individual arms shipments starting November 2016, compared to only eight between 2010 and 2015, Deutsche Wellle German Radio reported Wednesday citing another German daily "Süddeutsche Zeitung" (SZ)
Germanys second F-125 frigate class ship Nordrhein-Westfalen has completed builders test. From 27 January to 4 February 2017, the new vessel demonstrated its navigation characteristics and naval engineering functions, Unified Armed Forces of Germany announced last week
Germany has plans to buy six Lockheed Martin C-130J military transport planes for around US$966 Million starting in 2019 under a joint operating agreement with France. Germany and France first began working on the deal in October and announced broad outlines of their plans in February at a meeting of the NATO alliance, part of a broader push to increase European defence cooperation,
US Northrop Grumman has won a contract from German defense ministry to deliver high-altitude MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance planes after 2025, replacing the Euro Hawk program. The decision of Germany's defense minister still must be approved by parliament,
Rheinmetall has integrated the MELLS antitank guided missile into the Marder 1A5 infantry fighting vehicle of the German army. Following successful conclusion of the study phase, the German Bundeswehr subsequently ordered 44 MELLS retrofit kits, which were delivered in December 2017
The United States has refused to send Instructors to train new pilots for Turkeys F-16 fighter aircraft after Ankara sacked more than half of the existing pilots for participating in the 2016 coup attempt against the Erdogan regime. In addition, Washington has prevailed upon Pakistan not to send its F-16 instructors to Turkey
Germany and France are working out specific proposals for a European Union defense fund ahead of a bilateral ministerial meeting on July 13. "Joint work on drones, military transports and combined efforts to stabilize the African Sahel region were projects that could be funded by the new plan," German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview published on Saturday
Germany is eyeing to use face recognition technology and gaining access to chat services like WhatsApp in order to track militants. “New security measures will be taken to combat terrorism, including the use of face recognition technology to track the movements of terrorists”
A German court has allowed the defense ministrys plans to lease armed drones from Israel Aerospace Industries, dismissing the General Atomics legal challenge that the procurement was flawed. The court has cleared the way for the drone program to go ahead,
The German defense ministrys plan to buy additional five K130 corvettes from Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) will have to wait until it gets a chance to appeal antitrust decision later this week. Earlier this month, Naval Yards had lodged a complaint with the federal cartel office against the ministry for having given a contract without calling for bids
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