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Lufthansa Technik
Defense

Mission readiness. Anytime. Worldwide.

As a leading provider of technical support for over 5,100 aircraft for more than 850 customers and as a military DEMAR company, Lufthansa Technik has unique expertise in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul and logistics. In collaboration with the German Bundeswehr (armed forces) and NATO partners, we ensure maximum operational readiness. In addition, Lufthansa Technik Defense offers its customers tailor-made solutions for the development, integration, modification and certification of complex aircraft systems.

Lufthansa Technik has worked closely with the Bundeswehr as an industrial partner for over 60 years. We are proud of this partnership and aware of the great responsibility that comes with it.

Sascha Leitner
Senior Director, Head of Defense Programs

Our campaigns

P-8A “Poseidon”

Germany’s new maritime reconnaissance aircraft

In 2025, the Navy will receive its first P-8A “Poseidon” with special capabilities for anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and search and rescue missions. Lufthansa Technik, in partnership with Boeing and ESG, forms the German P-8A industrial team responsible for delivering the “Poseidon” and guaranteeing maximum mission readiness.

PEGASUS weapon system

The German Air Force SIGINT jet

With PEGASUS, the German Air Force is acquiring a modern weapon system for airborne long-range surveillance and reconnaissance. As a key subcontractor, Lufthansa Technik is responsible for integrating the reconnaissance technology as well as the retrofitting and certification of the aircraft. The installation of the PEGASUS systems takes place at Lufthansa Technik's special mission aircraft competence center in Hamburg, in cooperation with the main contractor Hensoldt.

CH-47F “Chinook”

The Bundeswehr’s new heavy transport helicopter

The Bundeswehr is getting a new chopper: 60 CH-47F “Chinook” helicopters from Boeing will be deployed for cargo and troop transports, MedEvac and search and rescue missions. This “workhorse” has already proven its worth in numerous NATO countries. As part of the German industrial team, Lufthansa Technik aims to ensure the highest technical mission readiness of the German CH-47 fleet in the coming decades.

Special Air Mission Wing of the Bundeswehr

The world’s most modern government fleet

Three A350s, two A340s, three A321s, three A319s, three Bombardier Global 6000s and three Global 5000s form the backbone of the German Special Air Mission Wing and constitute the most modern government fleet anywhere. Lufthansa Technik has been responsible for the technical and logistical support of the Special Air Mission Wing for over 60 years, overseeing the modifications and conversions that transform civil airplanes into government aircraft.

AWACS successor

NATO’s “flying eye”

Lufthansa Technik is part of the Boeing industry team (ABILITI) that plans to develop a successor solution for NATO’s E-3 AWACS fleet as part of the AFSC (Alliance Future Surveillance and Control) project study.

A319 “Open Skies”

Airborne arms control

With the A319 “Open Skies”, Germany has the most advanced airplane for arms control. Lufthansa Technik equipped the aircraft with over 150 modifications and state-of-the-art camera technology over a period of 26 months.

A310 Multi-Role Transport Tanker

One machine, three alternatives

Between 1998 and 2001, Lufthansa Technik converted a total of four A310s into Multi-Role Transport Tankers (MRTT) for the Luftwaffe. At the time, these were NATO’s most modern all-purpose aircraft and served as flying intensive care units, air refueling stations and troop transporters.

Maintenance, repair and logistics

Aircraft availability

As a globally operating MRO provider, we can ensure constant operational readiness for special and routine missions. Lufthansa Technik is an approved DEMAR 145 facility. With our own CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization) team (DEMAR Part-M), Lufthansa Technik supports its customers in maintaining the airworthiness of their aircraft.

A selection of our maintenance services:

  • Line and base maintenance
  • Spare parts supply
  • Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) and support
  • As an independent maintenance operation, Lufthansa Technik has developed its own repair procedures that are more cost-effective and faster than those of the OEMs
  • Predictive models and algorithms allow us to predict and prevent component failures at an early stage, resulting in greater operational readiness
  • With Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (2,000 employees at 30 locations), the Group boasts the leading logistics provider for aviation with a global, independent transport network (including spare parts transport)

Modification and specialization

Tailored solution for every mission

Lufthansa Technik ensures that armed forces and governments receive aircraft that are optimized for their missions and operations. The company has demonstrated in numerous projects that it can fulfill even the most complex requirements.

A selection of our services:

  • As an approved development organization (DEMAR 21/J), Lufthansa Technik is in a position to develop, certify and implement extended type certifications and independent repair procedures.
  • As an approved manufacturing facility (DEMAR 21/G), Lufthansa Technik is equipped to produce aircraft parts cost-effectively and promptly using a range of production methods.

Training and qualifications

The perfect crew

The Group companies Lufthansa Aviation Training and Lufthansa Technical Training cover the entire portfolio for training flight crews, technicians and administrative staff. While Lufthansa Aviation Training helps to qualify the crew on board for their tasks, Lufthansa Technical Training takes care of training and further education in the maintenance sector.

Senior Director, Head of Defense Programs

Sascha Leitner

Lufthansa Technik Defense, Germany

The Special Air Mission Wing Aircraft

On duty for the German government.

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