Defense Security Cooperation Agency
July 11, 2010: The global recession, and its severe impact on some members of the European Union (like Greece), has caused Germany to severely cut military spending. In this case, Germany wants quick cuts, so a lot of expensive equipment is either being retired early, or having procurement cut back. These savings will add up to $12 billion.
The Luftwaffe (German Air Force) is facing the sharpest cuts. Aircraft in general are taking the biggest hits. Most (54 percent) of the 185 Tornado fighters will be retired. The last 37 Eurofighters on order, will be cancelled. Helicopter orders are also being cut, with 42 NH90 transports and 40 Tiger gunships not being procured. The navy will retire 21 Sea King helicopters. Fifteen older Transall transports are being retired and fewer A400M transports being bought.
The navy will retire eight frigates and ten patrol boats. Orders for the new 125 class frigates will be cut from four to three.
The army, which is heavily involved in Afghanistan, will reduce procurement of their new Puma IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) from 400 to 280. Some of the same cash will be shifted to emergency spending for equipment needed by the soldiers in Afghanistan.