Contracts for this have now all been signed, with in some cases production beginning. Rheinmetall got one for 100,000 helmets, Mehler Vario Systems is delivering 305,000 MOBAST ballistic combat vests (plus attachment pouches), Swedish company Snigel Design is delivering 250,000 backpack systems (two backpacks and six pack liners each) and primarily Hexonia benefits from the order for 150,000 clothing sets (with a bunch of contractors for individual parts).
- The Ministry of Defense plans to immediately procure new personal protection equipment for the entire Bundeswehr for about 2.358 billion Euro - ballistic vests, helmets, new uniforms and new backpacks, in each case several hundred-thousand, with delivery before 2025.
Most of the equipment is already introduced in the Bundeswehr, the above numbers are to bring the introduced numbers up to a "full outfit" for about 310,000 soldiers. Originally this procurement was planned in steps until 2031, the new contracts pull delivery forward to 2025. In most cases previous procurement started in 2019-2020, and mostly was for sufficient numbers to equip VJTF(L) 2023 only.
In some cases previous deliveries were from multiple competing contractors, e.g. for the backpacks split 50/50 between Snigel Design and Tatonka. The new contracts are all for single-source procurement.
Known subcontractor is Galvion in Canada (for the helmets), the pack liners for the backpack systems come from Canada and Hong Kong. There are some claims that the helmet contract is actually - including options - for 176,000 units, and that due to lack of capacity Galvion plans to have them made by a subcontractor in Turkey.