They could borrow Pumas from the federal police or bring the air force Cougars (are they still in service?).
An interesting option indeed but I'm sure our chairborne forces will find a reason to prevent a transfer of federal police equipment to the military. And I don't think they gonna cripple the only VIP-transport capable aviation assets of the air force because as they'd need the helos or the pilots either way. Federal police crews wouldn't be allowed to fly those AS332s in theater and the air force has only a handfull of pilots trained on this model.
Neither Sea King nor Sea Lynx are an option, there simply are not enough crews, the number of available airframes is low and the ongoing deployments are not helping either, as are the worn out airframes.
24 hr SAR service provided by the MFG 5 covering the North Sea and Baltic already had to be reduced to one h/c (down from three), the training has been reduced to a bare minimum.
What is available is needed anywhere but in Afghanistan. The urgently needed replacements haven't been ordered yet, so we can't even plan to use up the remaining flight hours on the airframes during deployments, because nobody knows how long they will have to be kept flying.
Funny is that our Sea Kings are quite reliable (no crash in 30 years) while in canadian service the Sea King is reputed to be a death trap.
They are old and for some reason they can't dig up enough spare parts. They had to special deliver a spare when I was on the HMCS Winnipeg just so they could fly off the ship when it came home. I was scheduled for a flight in one but never did....stupid thing broke down.
....I never get to fly in a Chopper...EVER!
In context with zu Guttenberg's Afghanistan visit, SPIEGEL reported that an additional infantry company will be deployed to Kunduz, beginning in January. The additional 120 soldiers would max out the Bundeswehr mandate of deploying up to 4,500 troops.
They also reported that next month, the German government will only seek a 3-month extension to the Bundeswehr mandate instead of the usual 12-month time span. The German government wishes to await the issues of an international Afghanistan confrence before deciding on further commitments.
No you've misunderstood me. The decision not to seek the regular annual mandate extension is a significant step. It is a very responible way of dealing with these matters. And it surely puts some pressure on the Afghan government and on our allies.
Would a platoon of Leo2A6 make sense in Kundus? I know, the roads/bridges are not suited for such a massive vehicle there, but wouldn't it be good for a show of force to have a Leo at certain checkpoints in the area?