“Several countries are interested in the (military transport plane) A400M. Unfortunately we are having difficulties to get the German export licences on time,” Michael Schoellhorn told Reuters in an interview at the Munich Security Conference.
“Our problem is that we haven’t received any contracts yet from the Zeitenwende and important exports are not being approved. This puts us in a very unsatisfactory situation,” Schoellhorn said.
He was referring to a 100-billion-euro ($107 billion) special fund set up last year to bring the military back up to scratch after Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a “Zeitenwende” or sea change in security policy days into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We cannot put up with the constant delays (in export procedures). Planning security is essential,” Schoellhorn
He said orders for several products, not only the A400M, were stuck with the government in Berlin but declined to give details –…