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DDR Military Inventory (Before 1989)

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posted on Jan, 1 2006 @ 05:51 PM
The DDR mostly used Soviet weapons and equipment since they were a member of the Warsaw Pact. After the demise in 1989, there are roumours that some leftover equipment is still in use now by the present day German Armed Forces.

Does the German Army still use Ex NVA Mil 24 Hinds?, heard they also used Sukhois and Migs. The Germans Mig 29s are soon to be replaced by Eurofighters by next decade?

[edit on 1-1-2006 by Browno]

posted on Jan, 2 2006 @ 04:53 AM
No, the Mi-24s are all out of service. Some went for salvaging to eastern european nations, some went to Manching (Bundeswehr test and evaluation facility) and the USAF for testing. Although the NVA partly had formidable and BRAND NEW, FULLY PAID Mi-24P which only ceased delivery in the ´90 shortly before the reunification, they were only in active use until the NVA/Bundeswehr fusion was completed. Then again, they didnt really fit into the german doctrine.

I am not aware of if any Suchois were really operated, but the MiG-29 was flown until last year when the last of them were sold to Poland for 1 symbolical € each to Poland (part of the agreement was that Poland would hire german firms for upgrading them, but they fooked us). Until that the german unit operating these birds probably was the worldwide most feared single squadron operating MiGs. They were constantly invited to maneuvers and wargames all over the world and got so used to fighting western airplanes and doctrines that they regularly won these scenarios (comparable to the US special units who had to simulate the russian enemy time and again). WVR the bird was a nemesis.

No other piece of ex-NVA heavy equipment is still in active use to my knowledge, most of it was sent off to trials in Germany, the USA and Israel. But some smaller equipment was integrated, for example certain radios or pieces of personal gear (the G36 for example was built to fit AK bayonets).

[edit on 2/1/2006 by Lonestar24]

posted on Jan, 2 2006 @ 02:48 PM
The DDR had thier own AK rifle industry called GWB, They even made 5.56 caliber versions, Heres some:

The DDR AK rifle series are a beast!, they made a 30 round version of the soviet simonov rifle too. Like the STG 942/3 rifle, designed by the DDR for the unified Germany but never took off

Heres some sites with DDR aircraft

And more DDR stuff

I like the DDR uniforms and combat equipment, they used Soviet jeeps and Tanks, Thier last model web equipment was a beast, does any other nation use ex DDR surplus?

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