Germany Plans to Modernize its Weaponry Arsenal, But so Far Only in Memorandums

Photo credit : United States Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Ronald Stauffer
Photo credit : United States Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Ronald Stauffer

No doubt that Germany will eventually have an effective weapon in their arsenal that has proven itself in full-scale warfare of the 21st century

The American M142 HIMARS - high mobility artillery rocket system has demonstrated its high efficiency during the ongoing full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine. Given the effectiveness of these weapons, several European and other countries have begun to purchase them for their military arsenals. These include Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and the Netherlands - but this is not an exhaustive list of those seeking to acquire truly modern weaponry.

Defence Express,HIMARS - high mobility artillery rocket system / Illustrative photo from open sources
HIMARS - high mobility artillery rocket system / Illustrative photo from open sources

Germany is not staying aside either. Moreover, the country wants to have two new missile systems with production localization in its possession.

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In December of last year, it was revealed that the German company KMW (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann) had decided to "intensify" its strategic cooperation with Israeli company Elbit Systems. This included, in particular, the implementation of the Euro-PULS concept, a European missile system based on the Israeli PULS development.

Defence Express/ Euro-PULS missile system concept / Photo credit: Elbit Systems
Euro-PULS missile system concept / Photo credit: Elbit Systems

On the other hand, Rheinmetall Defense revealed that the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with American company Lockheed Martin to collaborate on tailored solutions that will provide Germany with a unique reactive artillery system that maximizes existing and combat proven components, produced in Germany.

Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall, notes that this Memorandum is of "strategic significance" for the company. He is convinced that "the combination of Lockheed Martin’s proven capabilities and extensive know-how with Rheinmetall’s experience in fabrication and production opens unique opportunities for both sides".

Defence Express / HIMARS in action / Photo credit : U.S. Army
HIMARS in action / Photo credit: U.S. Army

No specific details about the future project have been announced, but it is worth noting that earlier this year Papperger publicly stated that rocket systems, such as HIMARS, will be produced in Germany. From this, it can be inferred that the United States will likely supply Launcher Loader Module kits to Germany, as they did with Poland, which Germany will then install on their trucks.

The fact that Germany has opted for two rocket systems is interesting, but not surprising since the demand for HIMARS is already quite substantial. Moreover, the manufacturer is only planning to reach a production rate of 8 launchers per month in a few years. Therefore, having a "backup" option - or even another primary one - is quite a logical and wise move, especially considering that the systems will be produced by two different companies.

Defence Express / Launcher loader module

As mentioned earlier, the Ukrainian military demonstrated excellent use of the HIMARS rocket system. The deployment of this system greatly complicated the position of russian troops, resulting in significant losses being inflicted on them from a considerable distance from the contact line.

Ukrainian HIMARS crews primarily operate at night to minimize the possibility of being detected by russian drones. If multiple vehicles fire simultaneously, they do so from different positions. Entering target coordinates and launching takes less than a minute, and after a few minutes, the vehicles quickly leave their positions.

The operation of the M142 HIMARS in Ukraine can be seen in the video below.

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