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Task of the Major Organizational Element AIN

It is the statutory task of the Federal Defense Administration to provide the armed forces with the required equipment and technology. The core task of the major organizational element of Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (AIN) is to plan, manage and monitor the national and international armaments…

Task of the Major Organizational Element AIN

The major organizational element AIN plans, manages and monitors national and international armament projects. In doing so, it is geared towards the tasks of the Bundeswehr and the capability profile derived from them. The spectrum covers all armament articles and defense materiel including information technology through to items of personal equipment for Bundeswehr military personnel. AIN has overall responsibility for the equipment and in-service support process, which also comprises the responsibility for the operational viability of the defense materiel.

This materiel is procured by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw for short). Its task is to provide the Bundeswehr with state-of-the-art technology and items of equipment and to procure them at economic conditions. BAAINBw fulfills the function of the central technical service provider for the Bundeswehr.

BAAINBw performs the varied tasks itself or awards them to business and industry. Depending on the type of project, it awards contracts on research, development, procurement or maintenance activities. As a central "purchasing agent" for the Bundeswehr, BAAINBw thus is an important public customer.

Learn more about the topic of “contract award”.

How does the equipment get to the Bundeswehr?

This short video explains in a very simple manner how defense procurement works, in other words, how the equipment gets to the Bundeswehr. Of course it is not that easy in reality and there are some special cases that have to be considered. But if you have never heard of BAAINBw and our work before, you can gain a small insight into some of our tasks and learn more about how the fundamental principle works as far as most procurements are concerned.

Defense procurement - explained in a simple manner

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