The German cabinet approved a proposed federal budget for 2020, including EUR44.9 billion (USD51.0 billion) for defence, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 27 June. The proposed defence budget is EUR1.7 billion higher than in 2019.
The ministry said spending would be increased in almost all areas, especially on Bundeswehr readiness with investment in materiel. The NATO Response Force Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) 2023, the land component of which will be led by Germany, "remains in focus", the ministry added.
The MoD went on to say the cabinet's proposed budget would "provide the financial basis" for upgrading the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and its ability to operate with the Infanterist der Zukunft (Future Soldier, IdZ), new rockets for the Mittleres Artillerieraketensystem (Medium Rocket Artillery System, MARS) II Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), a new battle management system, and more 5-15 tonne trucks.
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