Germany and France create joint tactical air transport squadron

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  1. Vergennes

    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

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    France and Germany are to create a combined C-130 Hercules transport aircraft squadron. Source: French Air Force

    France and Germany's defence ministers have agreed to create a joint air transport squadron that will operate Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft.

    The letter of intent (LoI), signed in Paris on 4 October, will see the Franco-German air transport squadron become operational by 2021. France is set to act as the frame nation of the squadron, which accordingly will be stationed in France.

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    What about refueling? An movement towards the formation of a tanker squadron?

    During the Libya intervention supporting parties required the use of American, Norwegian and NATO tankers to stay operational, even though the operation in Libya wasn't at that point a NATO undertaking.

    A Europe-wide, or at very least joint "big player" tanker squadron would go a long way to improving the overall capabilities and capacity of the European militaries, where currently they are too reliant on NATO for support, even when NATO isn't involved in the operation.
     
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    Under Merkel Germany has really expanded its military capabilities from a political stand point. They did something with Netherlands and combining armored units, then they agreed to use some of their LPD's, they also participate in the anti-isil fight, and got a lot of experience in Afghanistan.
     
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    They really have been picking it up recently. It's actually kind of surprising to see. Germany has always had a strong military with modern equipment, but they don't have the practical experience some other nations on the continent have and when they partake in operations it's usually more limited in nature.

    And speaking of collaborations in Afghanistan, looks like Germany isn't just practicing logistics;).

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    They're getting a lot of pointers on PsyOps from a certain nation. These are actually being put to use in Afghanistan as well.

    Europe still has a long way to go before it's able to stand on its own without NATO or US support, especially Balkan and East European nations. Heck, even some of the wealthier states in West Europe have been slacking off for far too long. Seeing them working together more is only going to make the continent better able to handle threats with or without support from NATO or the US, and ultimately that's good for both sides.
     
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