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After approval by the budget committee of the German Bundestag, Diehl Defense received an order for the delivery of further GBU-54 precision bombs to the German Air Force.
Around 2290 steering systems and detonators as well as 910 bombs are being purchased for around 213 million euros (1380 bombs that can receive the steering kit are already in stock). Test material and training materials are also part of the contract volume.
The Boeing Laser JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) is guided, all-weather capable and intended for short range. With a mass of around 230 kilograms, the explosive force is only half that of the GBU-48.
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#OTD vor 79 Jahren, am 20. Mai 1941, begann Unternehmen Merkur: Die deutsche Landung auf #Kreta. Hier ein Foto meines Großvaters im Transportflieger. Sein bester Freund und Mann seiner späteren Frau wird an diesem Tag fallen. Image
Zur Einleitung ein kurzer Blick zurück in das Jahr 1938. Mein Großvater Wilhelm tritt dem #Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 100 in Berchtesgaden bei, wird später Unteroffizier. Die „schönste Kaserne des Reiches“ beherbergt heute das Gebirgsjägerbataillon 232. ImageImageImage
Dort lernt er seinen zukünftigen besten Freud Franz kennen. Dieser ist verheiratet mit Karoline, hier beide auf dem 🛷 vorne (Die Dame neben Opa kenne ich nicht 😗). Nun, das wird später relevant. ImageImage
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and off we go #EnergyTwitter! May the thread start! 💡

Did You Know: To provide vital #oil across the English Channel after the #DDay landings, within months secret #pipelines were unwound from massive spools to reach French ports.
Following the #DDay invasion– June 6, 1944 – Allied forces would need vast quantities of #petroleum to continue the advance into #Europe. Allied leaders also knew that petroleum tankers trying to reach French ports would be vulnerable to #Luftwaffe attacks...
A top-secret “Operation #PLUTO” – Pipe Line Under The Ocean – became the Allied strategy. It would fuel victory with #oil production from the #USA petroleum industry. The secret pipeline mission used a popular #WaltDisney character for its logo. #OOTT
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This is a noteworthy change: new #Luftwaffe Heron TP #drone pilots will not need to have flown manned systems before, and while they will train to do so during their course, they will not get a licence and thus not fly manned systems in parallel.…
Why do we care?
So far, Luftwaffe #drone pilots were certified to also fly other Luftwaffe aircraft, and did do so. Thus, they were never drone pilots only; even those who primarily flew drones retained their licenses. [1]
This meant that in the German air force, drone pilots - contrary to other countries' armed forces - did not become a completely separate new class of soldiers. This is likely to change now. [2]
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