Test of the new Puma. (Source: Bundeswehr)
The Power of the new Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle is put to the test in the Bergen Military Training Area.
Up to 980 German soldiers will be deployed in Afghanistan. (Source: Bundeswehr)
The Bundeswehr is to carry on advising, supporting and training Afghan security forces in future. There will be a ceiling of 980 on the troops that will be made available. The Cabinet has extended the mandate for the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission by another year. This must still be approved by the German Bundestag.
Ursula von der Leyen is the 17th Minister of Defence.
The so-called Amt Blank became the Federal Ministry of Defence on 7 June 1955. Shortly before this date, the Federal Republic of Germany had acceded to NATO. The Federal Ministry of Defence is thus one of the younger ministries of the Federal Government. It can nevertheless look back on a very eventful history.