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Airbus defense says Berlin delayed exports worth billions

By Sabine Siebold

MUNICH (Reuters) – Slow export approvals by the German government are holding back billions of euros worth of Airbus defense and aerospace exports, the company’s chief executive said. said on Sunday and urged Berlin to speed up the process.

“Several countries are interested in the (military transport aircraft) A400M. Unfortunately, we are having difficulty getting German Michael Schoellhorn at the Munich Security Conference told Reuters in an interview on Reuters. Schoellhorn said.

He was referring to -billion euros ($

Billions) The special fund was set up last year to rehabilitate the army after Chancellor Olaf Schulz announced a “Zeitenwende” or major change in security policy days into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ne.

“We cannot tolerate constant delays (in export procedures). Planning safety is essential,” said Schoellhorn


He said the order had several products, not just A107 M, trapped in the Berlin government, declined to go into details – although he provided a rough estimate of the financial volume.

“In general, we are talking about billions of euros

Regarding the loss of A100M, Schoellhorn said that if it continues as it has done in the past few years, he does not expect further major charges due to industrial issues in the future. charges, after Airbus’ results showed an additional 400 million euro charge on Thursday.

He added that the company should eventually receive the

Asked whether Europe must turn to Elon Musk’s SpaceX for its future space development after Airbus Defense and Space lost two satellites on a Vega C rocket Schoellhorn said any such solution would be temporary.

“Depending on the mission we will have to temporarily use other Launchers, whether they come from SpaceX or elsewhere, we’ll have to wait and see,” he said. “But in the long run, we don’t want to do that. ”

(This story has been refiled to add deleted names in 2nd paragraph)



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