Surveillance Challenges for German Military
Russian drones have been reportedly used to spy on Ukrainian troops training with Leopard battle tanks in Germany, posing significant surveillance challenges for the German armed forces.
Despite being a recurring issue for over a year, German forces have yet to intercept any of these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or apprehend their operators, reports The Telegraph.
This situation has sparked criticism from German lawmakers, who find the inability to address the problem of drone incursions “unacceptable.”
Details of the Surveillance Operations
Marcus Faber, the defence policy spokesperson for the Free Democratic Party, part of Germany's ruling coalition, has expressed concerns over drones regularly seen over the Klietz military training area.
This specific site is where the Bundeswehr, the unified armed forces of Germany, conducts training for Ukrainian forces on operating Leopard 1 tanks.
According to Faber, the organized nature of these drone appearances strongly suggests Russian involvement.
Ukrainian Military Training in Germany
Since the onset of Russia's full-scale invasion, Germany has trained at least 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers.
The training encompasses basic infantry skills and extends to advanced military equipment like US Patriot air defence systems and Leopard tanks.
The training is part of Germany's commitment to supporting Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression.
Initial Response and Current Challenges
General Carsten Breuer, previously a commander of Germany's homeland defence, noticed suspicious drone activities in October 2022.
In response, he initiated a training program for military Police officers to use HP 47 jammers, aiming to down unidentified UAVs.
However, with his subsequent Promotion to chief of defence, the anti-drone initiative lost momentum.
Only in November of the following year was a drone task force established under Brigadier General Wolfgang Jordan's command.
Growing Pressure on Defence Minister Boris Pistorius
The continued drone surveillance has intensified pressure on Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, with political parties in the ruling coalition calling for decisive action.
Andreas Schwarz from Olaf Scholz's Social Democrats and Sebastian Schäfer from the Greens have both emphasized the urgent need for an effective drone strategy.
Issues with Leopard Tanks Supplied to Ukraine
In a related development, most of the 18 Leopard 2 battle tanks donated by Germany to Ukraine are currently undergoing repairs abroad due to mechanical issues.
The majority of these tanks are taken to a Lithuanian facility for maintenance, primarily for wear and tear rather than combat damage.
The repair process is hindered by a shortage of spare parts and the lack of expertise within Ukraine to conduct repairs near the battlefield.
Calls for Greater Support from Tank Manufacturers
Rheinmetall and KMW, the manufacturers of the Leopard tanks, have been urged to expedite the supply of spare parts and possibly deploy trained mechanics to Ukraine for onsite repairs.
This call for direct support reflects the urgency to keep these vital military assets operational as Ukraine continues to defend itself against Russian aggression.
Image is for illustration purposes only.
Get your Part 107 Certificate
Pass the test and take to the skies with the Pilot Institute. We have helped thousands of people become airplane and commercial drone pilots. Our courses are designed by industry experts to help you pass FAA tests and achieve your dreams.
Copyright © DroneXL.co 2023. All rights reserved. The content, images, and intellectual property on this website are protected by copyright law. Reproduction or distribution of any material without prior written permission from DroneXL.co is strictly prohibited. For permissions and inquiries, please contact us here.
FTC: DroneXL.co is an Amazon Associate and uses affiliate links that can generate income from qualifying purchases. We do not sell, share, rent out, or spam your email.