Amid the ongoing Ukrainian conflict Eastern European NATO members are showing interest in the acquisition of German heavy weapons, writes.
"Eastern European countries and the countries - members of NATO, clearly demonstrate the interest in the formation or improvement of certain of their capabilities. NATO is aware of the shortcomings of their traditional means of deterrence, " said the CEO of German engineering organization KMW Frank Hawn.
military operations in Eastern Ukraine have prompted politicians to again draw attention to the weapons designed To counter ground-based attack, according to the producers, and analysts.
For Rheinmetall AG, d?sseldorf defense and automotive organization that manufactures the weapons, ammunition and a firing system For tank " Leopard ", the Ukrainian crisis has also become an incentive To increase sales, noted in the article.
"Ukraine has given the defense a political push ", - told in the concern.
Stressing that until recently all the German defense contractors suffered from declining in the EU military spending, the FT stressed that the events in Ukraine have led Germany and other countries - members of NATO to reconsider the state of their ground forces, focusing not only tanks, but armored vehicles, which can be applied For rapid deployment of troops.
The change in priorities has occurred not only in Germany. Poland and the Baltic States announced the increase in defense spending in 2015, says the magazine. Sweden, which is not part of NATO, has also increased the defence budget for this year and, say analysts, is seeking a more active military cooperation with NATO.
However, experts in military industry indicate that although the events in Ukraine have alarmed its neighbors, they do not always have the financial ability to respond to this.