Submarine Deal with Pakistan threaded
German companies want three super weapons, the Federal Government liable with 1.03 billion
A new, hitherto-secret defense project is a paper by the Federal Ministry of Finance obvious. It is the delivery of submarines to Pakistan.
A German consortium delivery is currently negotiating with the Pakistani navy "on the design and delivery of three packages, the material to build three submarines." The federal government supports the project and undermines the principle so again, no weapons in the territories to supply voltage.
"The order volume for the three boats sought to cover a total of around 1.2 billion euros. The payment will be made largely during the delivery phase ... made only a small part is financed through a loan, "it says in a classified, the ND is available. They are as' maximum liability of the federal "1029 billion euro recorded.
Delivered to the modern, what is on the conventional submarine market. The technology makes the fuel cell air independent propulsion, the immersion time is in comparison to conventional systems extremely extended, the boats are hard to locate. Germany has so far only two of these 212 A-boats. Manufacturers are the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) and the North Sea Works. Both belong to ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Two of these funds shall be addressed to Israel and thus also in a voltage field is exported. Another two builds Italy.
With the Pakistan job "would be the German exporter to assert the current development successes in the technology of submarine production, specifically in fuel cell technology to strengthen the long term. Furthermore, the related employment effects in the small and medium-sized suppliers in Germany, "the government alleges, without evidence. It was the "chance of future orders, because the Pakistani navy specification according to a long-term strategic partnership is interested."
Pakistan, a country that has nuclear weapons and is also in urgent suspected of having committed various terrorist groups to support, currently makes an arms race especially with neighbor and nuclear power India. Currently, the Pakistani Navy on six submarines of French design, with the U.S. "Harpoon" cruise missiles are fitted. The boats are for Israel, with 533-mm torpedo tubes, from which missiles with nuclear warhead can be used to. Whether the Pakistan project also so equipped, is unknown. The supplies on board, the U.S. and Britain with 19 percent.
Otfried Nassauer, head of the Berlin Information Center for Transatlantic Security, makes the long tradition of German-Pakistani defense cooperation carefully. The current project considers it "extremely dangerous, because Germany and Israel as the Islamic Pakistan the opportunity, throughout the Indian Ocean to military action."
* From: New Germany, 21 April 2007