PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – The German government has expressed a desire to purchase new patrol planes and reconnaissance equipment for them, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned. The US State Department has accepted the application and approved the sale.
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According to the State Department’s official statement, Germany will pay an approximate price of 1.77 billion US dollars. The price includes five P-8A patrol aircraft, nine multifunctional distribution systems, and 12 global positioning systems (GPS) with inertial navigation functions. The German package includes engines, software, electro-optical systems, radars, infrared systems, speakers, sensors, and more.
The US State Department said in a statement that the sale would not only ensure the effectiveness of a NATO partner and member but would also ensure security in Europe. According to US experts, this sale is intended to deter potential threats and critical opportunities for maritime operations in the area.
The Boeing Company is the executor of the assigned order, as offering other companies’ participation is unknown.
However, Germany has problems with transport aircraft
At the end of last year, Berlin received an A400M transport aircraft from Airbus. Thus, Berlin became the sole leader in the world as a customer of this military aircraft, as the total order was for 53 copies of the aircraft. However, Luftwaffe has problems with it.
Damage, defects, and delays characterize the early years of the new military transporter A400M. At the end of 2019, the Bundeswehr initially refused to accept two newly built units due to loose screws. Another reason was that the planes did not meet the “agreed guarantees.”
According to Airbus, all this is already behind them. Ioannis Papahristofilu, responsible for A400M sales in Europe and Canada at Airbus Defense & Space, sees the former troubled child on the right track: “It was a solid year (2020) for the A400M,” he concluded. The aircraft matured further in 2020, got rid of dental problems, and expanded its capabilities. The ease of maintenance has also improved.
The A400M fleet has already completed more than 85,000 flight hours, according to Papahristophilou. To date, Airbus has delivered a total of 95 A400M to customers. They are now seven with Germany, France, Britain, Spain, Turkey, Malaysia, and Luxembourg – and Belgium will soon be the eighth country to join the A400M user group. The Kingdom has ordered seven A400Ms. Airbus would like to hand over the first before the end of the year.
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