December 11, 2012
Germany on Monday expelled four employees of the Syrian embassy in Berlin, the foreign minister said, as part of moves to further isolate the regime of SyrianPresident Bashar al-Assad.
This decision is not coming as a surprise.
It is the result of Germany’s growing role within NATO and the ‘Greater Middle East’.
After September 11, 2001 German military missions and deployments were expanded exponentially and in addition to Germany deploying AWACS to the US in Operation Eagle Assist it also “took part in [Operation Active Endeavor] which has German units monitor the Mediterranean waters…. In Afghanistan and East Africa, German troops battle…with sea units, ground troops and special forces.
“The Bundeswehr”, once restricted by the German constitution to exclusively domestic protection, can now send armed troops to foreign countries.
Having exploited as well as in an integral way engineered the breakup of Yugoslavia, with Kosovo as the altar and Serbia as the paschal lamb whose slaying wiped clean decades of German guilt, Berlin was now free to play the role assigned to it by NATO: That of an international military power operating on four continents, a far wider range of deployment and engagement than had been achieved by either Bismarck or Hitler.
The defence ministers of NATO member states decided on 2 February 2012 in Brussels that the command centre of the missile defence system would be located at the Headquarters Allied Air Command Ramstein, Germany. The German defence minister, Thomas de Maizière, also announced that the German Patriot systems would become part of the NATO missile ‘defence’ system.
Full production for German army missile
The PARS 3 LR fire-and-forget missile by Europe’s MBDA is heading into full production for the German military.
Full-rate production for the weapon, the main armament of the German Army’s Tiger helicopter, is the result of successful completion last month of system validation tests.
MBDA said that in the tests, a tank passing between buildings was struck by the missile, which was fired by a helicopter about 1.8 miles away.
“The successful conclusion of the firing campaign sends a strong signal to our national customers and potential export customers”, said Thomas Homberg, managing director of MBDA Germany. “This guided missile system will make an important contribution to the Bundeswehr, enabling it to fulfill the demanding missions it is expected to perform even better in the future.”
The missile’s production will be carried out by PARSYS, a joint venture between MBDA Germany and Diehl BGT Defense under a contract from the German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement.
A total of 680 missiles are to be produced for the German Army.
Germany’s cabinet authorized on December 6, 2012, the stationing of German Patriot air defense missiles on the Turkish border with Syria as part of a NATO mission to help protect Turkey from possible cross-border attacks. The mission will involve up to 400 troops from the German military, the Bundeswehr, and also includes personnel for AWACS surveillance aircraft and commando units…
Photo: PARS 3 LR fire-and-forget missile