FDP and Greens criticize Ministry of Defense for assault rifle

Ministry of Defense, about dts
Ministry of Defense, about dts
FDP and Greens accuse the Ministry of Defense of errors in the award procedure for the future standard rifle of the Bundeswehr.

You are reacting to the decision of the ministry to withdraw the contract already granted to the Thuringian company CG Haenel because of suspected patent law violations, reports the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung". The chairman of the Greens in the Defense Committee, Tobias Lindner, considers this to be a mere "pretext to end a process that was already heavily burdened".

According to all that he knew, Haenel's possible patent infringement was "only half the story," said the FAS Green politician. In the ministry, too, there were “profound mistakes in the award procedure”. Apparently there was "irregular communication with the providers". Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, the defense policy spokeswoman for the FDP parliamentary group, suspects that employees in the Bundeswehr procurement office had forbidden contacts with the winning company Haenel. Haenel "apparently found out that something was wrong with the documents submitted". The company was told, “they'll fix that, then that's okay”. Such an exchange after the submission of the final offer by all applicants is "a blatant procedural error". The question of the patent as a reason for discontinuing the process is therefore "advanced". The department has declined to comment on ongoing inquiries to the FAS.