Increasing operational readiness

Procurement office and HILHeeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung agree on the future course

Procurement office and HILHeeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung agree on the future course

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Annette Lehnigk-Emden, President of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBwBundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr), and representatives of the government-owned Army Maintenance Logistics company (HILHeeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung) signed a contract in Koblenz on 20 December 2023 to modernize and further develop the company.

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With their signature, Annette Lehnigk-Emden, President of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in-Service Support, and Sascha Franz, Managing Director of HILHeeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, officially conclude the contract

Bundeswehr/Dirk Bannert

In early November 2023, the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag had approved the performance contract governing “the future of HILHeeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung” worth EUR 13.4 billion.

More personnel, more qualification and more knowledge transfer

The purpose of the contract amendment is to further improve the maintenance services for Bundeswehr land systems. The future-oriented focus ensures greater flexibility and the acceleration of maintenance measures and contributes to increasing the materiel readiness of the armed forces. It serves to ensure national security provision and follows the security policy requirement of national and collective defense capabilities driving the planning process.

A significant increase in the share of in-house maintenance is central to this new focus. This is mainly to be achieved through increasing maintenance hours by almost 15 percent to 5.8 million working hours per year. To this end, HILHeeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung is to grow significantly in terms of personnel and have a staff of approximately 3,500 employees by 2031.

The plants in Sankt Wendel and Doberlug-Kirchhain will be expanded to become centers of excellence for tracked and wheeled vehicles. The plant in Darmstadt will be turned into a new service center.

In addition to recruiting staff, investments are also being made into technical qualification and knowledge transfer. For this purpose, HILHeeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung is in the process of establishing a knowledge management system that ensures the exchange of knowledge and experience by means of suitable concepts and, at the same time, keeps pace with the progressive digitalization of land systems.

Many years of comprehensive services

HILHeeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung was founded on 16 February 2005 as a cooperation company between the Federal Government and the defense industry and was called “Heeresinstandsetzungslogistik Industrie-Holding GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung” at the time. Since the takeover of all company shares by the Federal Government in February 2013, the Federal Government has been running the company under the name “Heeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung” as a fully owned in-house company.

HILHeeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung complements and supports the military logistic units in many respects. The scope of the company’s maintenance tasks ranges from protected wheeled and tracked vehicles and unprotected military wheeled and tracked vehicles and trailers to selected semi-militarized and commercial wheeled vehicles as well as the corresponding trailers. 

In this way, the Bundeswehr is reliably assured of the required availability of these land-based weapon systems and vehicles. The management, repair and maintenance services required for this purpose are provided by the company both via its own workshops and bases and, additionally, through contracts awarded on the market.

The services provided by HILHeeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung therefore contribute to the reduction of overall maintenance costs in the Bundeswehr. This creates scope for investment measures and improves the core capabilities of the armed forces, such as national and collective defense.

by PIZ AIN