Germany to buy Airbus civil helicopter and convert for combat, Business Insider reports

#Aérocombat Le ministère🇩🇪 de la #Défense souhaite acheter 82 hélicoptères @AirbusHeli copters #H145M & en convertir certains en hélicoptères de combat pour remplacer sa flotte de combat #Tigre pour 3,05 milliards € & armer 24 avec des missiles antichars.

Germany, Airbus civil helicopter, combat, Business Insider

BERLIN, March 18 (Reuters) - Germanys Defence Ministry wants to buy 82 Airbus (AIR.PA) H-145M civilian helicopters and convert some of them into combat helicopters to replace its Tiger combat fleet, Business Insider reported, citing military internal documents.

Germany last year shifted its defence policy after Russia invaded Ukraine, committing 100 billion euros ($107 billion) to modernize the Bundeswehr, Germanys armed forces.

Berlin, which has been reluctant to buy into an upgrade of Airbuss Tiger attack helicopter due to operational problems, wants to buy the 82 aircraft for 3.05 billion euros ($3.3 billion) and arm 24 of them with anti-tank missiles, the German news outlet said.

The H-145M helicopters are approved for military use but are not designed as combat aircraft and the Bundeswehr has concerns about the machines combat suitability and crew protection, which the ministry has ignored so far, the report added.

The Bundeswehr sees the planned procurement "a purely political decision that ignores operational needs," Business Insider said, citing a letter from the German Armed Forces Technical Service for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment (WTD 61) to the Ministry of Defence.

Boeing Co said on Friday it had signed a contract with the U.S. army and international customers, including Australia, to build 184 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.

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