The German procurement office of the Bundeswehr commissioned KNDSa European land systems consortium, to build and deliver 50 Dingo 2 A4 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.
This order will replace the 50 Dingo 2 MRAPs that the German government donate from her stock to help her Ukraine to fend off Russian invasion forces in September 2022. Five of them were destroyed with three out of service, according to the Dutch defense analysis group Oryx.
Dingo 2 is a protected command vehicle manufactured by German supplier Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, a partner in the KNDS consortium. The company developed the vehicle with a modular design that comes with a 4×4 configuration.
1,200 units are in operation worldwide, including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg and Norway.
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The vehicle has a mine-protected seating system that prevents the transfer of blast energy to the crew. In addition, the vehicle offers protection against IEDs and NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) warfare agents.
This latest resupply project includes a spare parts and logistics package in addition to the vehicle systems.
GlobalData’s information reveals that these new units will operate alongside a wide range of existing armored vehicles in the German Army’s arsenal, including, among others, hundreds of Marder, Boxer and Puma multipurpose vehicles.
Bundeswehr problems in replenishing its equipment
While the Bundeswehr remains overly focused on supporting Ukraine with military aid and replacing the equipment it has donated, this does not stand out as an effective industrial policy on its own.
GlobalData tells us that the government’s reluctance to use the defense industry as a strategic tool demonstrates that there is no clearly defined defense industrial policy. This means that potential domestic benefits are not being realized and jeopardizes some foreign policy objectives.
In addition, Germany’s defense procurement is notorious for inefficiency and bureaucracy, meaning that in some years up to 10% of the procurement budget cannot be spent as funds get stuck in bottlenecks or the process is prohibited due to a lack of trained personnel .
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