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WTD 61

Below you can find detailed information about the Bundeswehr Technical Center for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment in Manching, Bavaria. Learn more about its tasks, responsibilities and organizational structure, get contact details and directions.

WTD 61 Mission

The Bundeswehr Technical Center for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment (WTD 61) is the responsible Bundeswehr authority which ensures that all air vehicles in service are safe and comply with their performance parameters.

To fulfill this mission, WTD 61 represents Bundeswehr interests in all national and international programs involving military, manned and unmanned aviation. To this end, WTD 61 maintains close connections with other technical and military agencies, test centers, companies, research institutes, universities and program offices, both at the national and international level. 

WTD 61 has its own airfield with two runways as well as flying test beds with high-end aircraft metrological systems. The ATC control tower with a height of 63 meters is the second highest tower of its kind in southern Germany.
Due to these material resources WTD 61 is able to perform most of the trial tasks on site. In addition, other test facilities and firing ranges in Germany or in partner nations are also used.

WTD 61 Unique Features

  • airfield with facilities
  • special metrological systems for flight tests
  • airspace reserved for flight trials
  • instrumented test aircraft
  • test and evaluation capability (test aircrews, highly qualified measurement specialists)
Aerial view of the facility including runway

Bundeswehr Technical Center for Bundeswehr Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment (WTD 61) in Manching

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WTD 61 Tasks

The main task of WTD 61 is the test and evaluation of Bundeswehr aircraft and aeronautical equipment. The following individual technical fields result from this main task.

WTD 61 Organizational Structure

WTD 61 is organized into a staff element, three divisions, a technical/operational services element and a commercial/administrative services element. 

The staff element includes essential economic control elements of an agency, for instance controlling, task planning as well as cost and performance responsibility.

The operational branches of the agency are included in the three divisions “Flight Test”, “Overall Systems and Propulsion Systems” and “Mission Systems and Avionics”. The technical and trial-specific tasks as well as research & technology projects are mainly conducted in these divisions.

The technical/operational services element performs operational as well as measurement services. The commercial/administrative service element is responsible for the agency’s administrative elements.

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How to get to WTD 61

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The Bundeswehr Technical Center for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment (WTD 61) is located in the vicinity of Manching, a town of about 10,000 inhabitants in Upper Bavaria, about 10 km to the south-east of Ingolstadt and about 70 km to the north of Munich.

Take Autobahn A 9. Leave A 9 at the "Manching" exit (No. 63) and take the B 16 towards Regensburg. Then follow the signs to WTD 61 Airfield ("Flugplatz") and "Airbus".

Note: Do not follow the signposts leading to the civilian airfield/IMA.

Take the train to Ingolstadt-Hauptbahnhof. Since public transportation to our agency is rather complicated, please contact us in due time so we can pick you up at Ingolstadt-Hauptbahnhof.

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