I just read over at "FlugRevue" that a Bundeswehr contingent is over in New Mexico right now, testing the NH90 and Tiger in a "climatically realistic environment" for later deployment in Afghanistan. Does any of you guys have more info on that? Sounds like a sensible thing to do. http://www.flugrevue.de/de/militaer/...xico.96236.htm
Überraschungsbesuch in Afghanistan
Verteidigungsminister Thomas de Maizière ist zu einem Überraschungsbesuch in Afghanistan eingetroffen. Er landete am Morgen im Feldlager Kundus, wo er sich ein Bild von der Lage machen und mit deutschen Soldaten sprechen wollte. Es ist der siebte Besuch de Maizières am Hindukusch seit seinem Amtsantritt vor 16 Monaten. Begleitet wird er vom sächsischen Ministerpräsidenten Stanislaw Tillich. ©Bundeswehr/Piz Kunduz
During the same occasion the Minister told news sources about the security situation in RC-N. According to him hostile activity in the area is 60% off from 2010, which used to be the worst year in the north. While this seems like a success it comes with a bad aftertaste: A more resolute approach right from the start could've saved a lot of lives and rendered these two years of struggle unnecessary.
Damn I always forget to keep track of recent developments and incidents with relevance to this thread.
Anyways... German forces were ambushed with small arms and RPG fire a couple of hours ago, most likely in the badlands bordering the restive Chardara district of Kunduz province. 2 soldiers were wounded in action and severe material damages were sustained.
A speedy recovery!
Rumor has it that actually three soldiers have been lightly wounded in the ambush, but will stay in Kunduz and return to their unit.
What happens to weapons and ammunition, which is found byGerman soldiers
In summary, these weapons are handed over to the Afghan army,except weapons and ammunition that can not be handled and transported safely, andweapons requiring further forensic examination
Good God. Don't they have better things to do than pulling out asinine inquiries out of their arses.
(Originally posted in the general Bundeswehr news and discussion thread, until I realized it has a more important meaning for the troops in Afghanistan. So here it is.)
Article continued @ Defense NewsGermany Extends UAV Deal With Rheinmetall Airborne Systems
Jul. 13, 2012 - 02:38PM | By ALBRECHT MÜLLER
Bonn — The German military will extend for two more years its leasing contract with Rheinmetall Airborne Systems on two unmanned aerial systems for its mission in Afghanistan, , the company announced.
“The volume of the order prolongation amounts to about 75 million euros for the period from October 2012 to October 2014,” the company said in a statement.
Rheinmetall Airborne Systems is a joint venture of EADS’ defense and security subsidiary Cassidian, and German company Rheinmetall.
German Military in Afghanistan Extend UAV Coverage With Heron
Thomas Wiegold has an interesting article about German-made and/or German-origin weapons used by the Taleban, including a Taleban-made video (which won't be posted here for obvious reasons) showing what looks like a captured GMG: http://augengeradeaus.net/2012/08/de...-taliban-hand/ (in German).