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#Germany joins European @Airbus MRTT tanker project, signs C-130 transport deal with #France

#Germany joins European @Airbus MRTT tanker project, signs C-130 transport deal with #France

Catalysed both by US pressure on the allies to spend more on their defence, and by Berlin's political desire to strengthen Europe's own military capabilities, Germany signed off on a quartet of new multination equipment and capability initiatives on 15 February. "Germany is pushing ahead with co-operation," its defence ministry announced when releasing details of the initiatives, signed in the margins of a NATO ministers' meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. As one German diplomatic source noted prior to the announcements, "we have to work on our shortfalls and that means investing in new material. The [German army] needs to be able to do crisis management in terms of collective defence." The new memoranda of intent entails beefing up Germany's air transport capabilities and submarine fleet and expanding its anchor role as a "framework nation" by boosting structured t...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/67791/germany-joins-european...

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