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 and France are aiming to become the motor of a European defense union and want to implement the defense fund in a smart way," she told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain.
The finance ministers of both countries were engaged in developing mechanisms, while the defense ministers were working to identify various projects,Von der Leyen was quoted as saying by Reuters Saturday. By the fund,Europe-wide training of military officers could also be paid, Von der Leyen said.
Increased cooperation in Africa could help reduce trafficking in arms and people, while helping combat terrorism, she said. The European Commission this week threw its support behind Franco-German plans to integrate Europe's militaries and defense industries.
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”
The German Air Force has requested for classified data regarding Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet for evaluation of possible solutions to replace its aging Tornado multi-role combat aircraft. The application states that the German defense ministry would carry out an in-depth evaluation of market available solutions including the F-35, later this year
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
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
Airbus Helicopters conducted test flight campaigns that included demonstrations with five Airbus-built Do-DT25 target drones controlled from a mission group commander who was airborne in a manned command and control (C2) aircraft. Flown in a test zone of Germanys Baltic Sea area, the MUT trial flights served multiple purposes, including validating such elements as connectivity, human-machine interface, and the concept of teaming intelligence through mission group management
France and Belgium signed a statement of intent on Thursday in a bid to reinforce their bilateral defence partnership in the context of high terror risks in the two countries. French Defence Minister, Florence Parly and her Belgian counterpart, Steven Vandeput, signed the document to cement cooperation in defence, mainly on land mobility, the French Defence Ministry said in a statement
Frances acting Air Force chief has put himself in trouble after he reportedly used a fighter jet to fly home for weekends. The former fighter pilot General Richard Reboul would pop from Bordeaux in the south west to his country retreat in Provence using an Alphajet trainer belonging to the French air force, the French newspaper Canard Enchainé alleged this week
Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA engine type certification for its Ardiden 3G engine, which powers Russian Helicopters' Ka-62. The helicopter made its official maiden flight on 25 May 2017
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