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  • Augengeradeaus: German army likely to establish new ranks to create better career options for enlisted personnel; qualified Oberstabsgefreite (OR-4b) could extend their service as quasi-NCOs ranked Korporal (Corporal) and Stabskorporal ("Staff Corporal" / Corporal 1st Class), likely to be wedged in between OR-4 and OR-5 at pay grade A6 or equal

    – Good move imho, hopefully they don't scrap the idea at the last minute. Not offering substantial career options at this level is only one of the German military's many deficiencies, but one of the more striking ones.

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    • Holy shit.
      The Good Idea Fairy may finally struck someone.

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      • Originally posted by Cherno View Post
        Some days ago the Bundeswehr uploaded a video on YT about their helicopter pilots training on leased (?) civilian helicopters, It was presented as a smart solution because it would be cost-effective and efficient. No mention was made on the abysmal state of the BW's helicopters' readiness status or maintenance problems. Of course, the comment section quickly pointed out how embarassing it is to present the aircraft leasing like this when it was done not because of cost-cutting (well, not directly at least) but because the pilots would lose their licences otherwise, as they wouldn't be able to get the needed flight hours since not enough helicopters are available for training.

        I read an articel about the new helicopter squadron (LUH SOF) that was formed to assists special operation units not that long ago. In this article an US General responsible for their specops aviation said something along the line of "it's not so important what equipment you have but that you've well trained crews". It was also mentioned that the militarised version of the EC145 is a success so far and also brings certain advantages with it. One would be that you don't necessarily need to transport the helicopters (H145M) to the AO but instead could simply rent 145s locally and just install the necessary equipment on the spot.

        I'd say the approach mentioned above isn't exactly a bad idea as it keeps pilots flying (trained) at least.

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        • Sorry, it's in French but http://www.opex360.com/2018/06/23/fr...e-surface-air/
          Sachsen frigate damaged by a failed launch of anti air missile.

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          • http://maritimebulletin.net/2018/06/...sile-accident/

            Found an English article

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            • Originally posted by Hildemel View Post
              footage here:

              https://twitter.com/JosephHDempsey/s...88830595649536

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              • Originally posted by Cherno View Post
                Some days ago the Bundeswehr uploaded a video on YT about their helicopter pilots training on leased (?) civilian helicopters, It was presented as a smart solution because it would be cost-effective and efficient. No mention was made on the abysmal state of the BW's helicopters' readiness status or maintenance problems. Of course, the comment section quickly pointed out how embarassing it is to present the aircraft leasing like this when it was done not because of cost-cutting (well, not directly at least) but because the pilots would lose their licences otherwise, as they wouldn't be able to get the needed flight hours since not enough helicopters are available for training.


                It is just another testament at how they suck in even just mirroring the civilian sector. The H145M or also known as the UH-72 Lakota should be really easy to handle.

                But bureaucracies seem to not get it done.

                Maybe the Luftwaffe should follow the US Army path and subcontract the maintenance to Airbus too?

                http://www.helipress.net/fotogallery...licopters-5687


                Also they have 15 helicopters, I can't get it why they can't fly. Too stupid to figure out a maintenance plan?

                I mean no rescue helicopter would ever arrive if all helicopter operators woudl work like that.

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                • Germany set to raise defence budget from 1,24 to 1,31 percent effectively meaning about 4 billion euros. The way this is announced just prior to a NATO meeting where Trump will no doubt criticise a lot of countries again this seems like a cheap trick to be able to say that they are working on it.

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                  • Tag der Bundeswehr in Wunstorf Airbase (Luftwaffe) home of the A400M in Germany



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                    • Germany’s choice for a Tornado replacement could undermine NATO



                      https://www.defensenews.com/smr/nato...ndermine-nato/


                      About having a replacement to deliver the B61. But what I don't get is this:

                      But if Berlin acquires even a limited number of F-35s, this could undercut that objective. In fact, the head of Airbus recently gave an interview in which he declared that “as soon as Germany becomes an F-35 member nation, cooperation on all combat aircraft issues with France will die

                      We could just acquire a dozen F-35s dedicated for B61 delivery. And then go on with France on the new fighter.


                      For military train buffs:


                      Loading of vehicles on a train





                      A Bundeswehr train with tanks passing through Poland.







                      Last edited by picanha; 13-07-2018, 01:21 AM.

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                      • Apparently some serious replenishment issues for the Navy

                        http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone...broken-in-port

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                        • ...just get rid of everything and start over...

                          It'll take awhile but we did it before, back in '55.

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