The German armed forces will strengthen with the establishment of a new tank battalion their ability to national and Alliance defence. The battalion will be stationed from 2019 in baden-württemberg, hard home, said defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU). Also, you want to drive the digitization of the force. This is to be invested in the next few years, more than four million euros.

Currently, the Bundeswehr has five tank battalions with 44 tanks of the type Leopard 2. Now, a battalion with four companies and a total of about 500 soldiers to come. For this, the Bundeswehr will get in the next few years, several Hundred new or modernized combat and protect the tanks, said von der Leyen. “It is the first Time since the reunification that we have once again a growing force.”

The German army had reduced the number of their tanks for years. Before reunification, West Germany alone had more than 70 tank battalions. According to earlier plans, the Carl-Schurz-Kaserne should be closed in a hard home. Instead, the Bundeswehr wants to invest about 20 million euros.

“Digital Islands” associate

digitization is the mega topic of the future, the Minister said. The aim is also to link the various “digital Islands”, so that on the push of a button, a common picture of the situation of the force generated. This is also for the German involvement in the fast spearhead of Nato (“Very High Readiness Joint Task Force”) in the years 2019 and 2023 are important.

“digitisation is not an end in itself. The goal is to be able to faster and more precise than the opponent and have a lead,” said army inspector General Jörg Vollmer, Lieutenant. To do this, you need a complete networking with broadband data and voice highways, and an Algorithms-based and valuation.

On-site in Munster, lower Saxony, a Test – and trial Association created with about 50 soldiers and around 60 vehicles. With the new unit, the digitization is to be tested. “Every device, every vehicle is to be linked with each other, so that the military leadership will have a clear picture of the situation,” says Vollmer.