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German Air Force
Luftwaffe

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The Luftwaffe logo

Active 1935-1945 (Wehrmacht)
1956-1990 (Nationale Volksarmee)
1956-present (Bundeswehr)
Country Germany
Branch Air Force
Part of Bundeswehr
Air Force Headquarters Bonn
Size Over 500 aircraft, and 43,000 personnel (2010)
Commanders
Chief of Staff, Luftwaffe Lieutenant General Aarne Kreuzinger-Janik
Insignia
Luftwaffe Roundel
75px-Roundel_of_the_German_Air_Force_border.svg.png
Tail Flash
80px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png
Aircraft flown
Strike Panavia Tornado IDS, Alpha Jet
Fighter F-4F Phantom II, Mikoyan MiG-29, Eurofighter Typhoon
Electronic Warfare Panavia Tornado ECR
Reconnaissance Raytheon/EADS EuroHawk, IAI Heron
Transport C-160, UH-1D, A310MRTT, A319CJ, Bombardier Challenger 601
Training Northrop T-38 Talon, Raytheon T-6 Texan II, Cessna T-37 Tweet, Grob G-120

The Luftwaffe is the air force of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is also the official name for two of the four historic German air forces, the Wehrmacht air arm founded in 1935 and disbanded in 1946; and the current Bundeswehr air arm founded in 1956.

The Luftwaffe is one of the most powerful Air Forces in Europe, and makes extensive use of the products of German air industry.

OrganisationEdit

The Luftwaffe is commanded by the Chief of Staff, Luftwaffe (currently Lieutenant General Aarne Kreuzinger-Janik). He is assisted by the Air Staff at the Federal Ministry of Defence in Bonn.

German Air CommandEdit

The German Air Force Command is the superior command to all combat forces of the German Air Force.

Subordinate elements are:

  • German Air Force Air Operations Command
  • National Air Policing Centre
  • Air Force Command and Control Regiment

The combat units are organized in four Air Divisions and the so called Air Transport Command

  • 1. Luftwaffendivision
    • Flugabwehrraketengeschwader 5 (SAM Wing, MIM-104 Patriot)
    • Jagdbombergeschwader 32 (Fighter Bomber Wing, Tornado IDS and ECR)
    • Jagdbombergeschwader 34 (Fighter Bomber Wing, Tornado IDS)
    • Jagdbombergeschwader 49 (Fighter Bomber Wing, Alpha Jet)
    • Jagdgeschwader 74 (Fighter Wing, EF-2000)
    • German Air Force Tactical Training Center Italy
  • 2. Luftwaffendivision
    • Flugabwehrraketengeschwader 2 (SAM Wing, MIM-104 Patriot)
    • Jagdbombergeschwader 31 “Boelcke” (Fighter Bomber Wing, Tornado IDS and ECR)
    • Jagdbombergeschwader 33 (Fighter Bomber Wing, Tornado IDS)
    • Jagdbombergeschwader 41 (Fighter Bomber Wing, Alpha Jet)
    • Jagdgeschwader 73 "Steinhoff" (Fighter Wing, MiG-29)
  • 4. Luftwaffendivision
    • Flugabwehrraketengeschwader 1 (SAM Wing, MIM-104 Patriot)
    • Aufklärungsgeschwader 51 "Immelmann" (Strike Reconnaissance Wing, Tornado Recce, IAI Heron)
    • Jagdbombergeschwader 35 (Fighter Bomber Wing, Tornado IDS)
    • Jagdbombergeschwader 36 (Fighter Bomber Wing, Alpha Jet)
    • Jagdgeschwader 71 "Richthofen" (Fighter Wing, F-4F Phantom II)
    • German Air Force Regiment "Frisia"
  • Air Transport Command
    • Special Air Mission Wing, Federal Ministry of Defence (A310, A319CJ, Challenger 601, Cougar)
    • Lufttransportgeschwader 61 (Air Transport Wing, C-160, UH-1D)
    • Lufttransportgeschwader 62 (Air Transport Wing, C-160, UH-1D)
    • Lufttransportgeschwader 63 (Air Transport Wing, C-160, UH-1D)
    • Lufttransportgeschwader 65 (Air Transport Wing, C-160, UH-1D)

German Air Force OfficeEdit

The German Air Force Office is responsible for supporting the air force combat units. Main tasks are maintenance and logistic support and provision of basic training and education.

Subordinate elements are:

  • Surgeon General of the Air Force
  • Bundeswehr Air Traffic Services Office
  • Air Force Support Battalion
  • Legal Advisor Center

Major units of the German Air Force Office include:

  • Air Force Training Command
    • Air Force Officer School
    • Non-Commissioned Officer's School of the Air Force
    • Air Force Technical School 1 (with Air Force Bands 1 and 2)
    • Air Force Technical School 3 (with Air Force Bands 3 and 4)
    • Air Force Training Regiment
  • Air Force Weapon Systems Command
    • Maintenance Regiment 1
      • Center for Avionics
      • Center for Aircraft Technology
    • Maintenance Regiment 2
      • Maintenance Group 21
      • Maintenance Group 22
      • Maintenance Group 25
    • Weapon Systems Support Center
  • German Air Force Command United States/Canada
    • German Air Force Flying Training Center, United States Holloman AFB
    • German Air Force Air Defense Center, United States

EquipmentEdit

Combat AircraftEdit


Aircraft


Origin


Role


Versions


Service Entry


In service


Comments

Panavia Tornado 22px-Flag_of_Europe.svg.png European Union IDS: Interdiction Strike, Reconnaissance
ECR: Electronic Warfare
PA-200 Tornado IDS
PA-200 Tornado ECR
IDS:1980
ECR:1990
350 IDS
40 ECR
Some based in Canada for training
Eurofighter Typhoon 22px-Flag_of_Europe.svg.png European Union Fighter/Strike EF-2000 2006 55 170 in total ordered
Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum 22px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union Fighter MiG-29G
MiG-29GT
1990 (NVA service entry: 1988) 50 Served with Luftstreitkräfte der NVA 1988-1990
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Fighter F-4F 1973 75 To be replaced by Eurofighter
Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany/
22px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France
Light strike/close support Alpha Jet A 1981 160
800px-German Panavia Tornado

Panavia Tornado at Red Flag in Nevada, USA

800px-2010-06-11 Eurofighter Luftwaffe 31+21 EDDB 01

Eurofighter Typhoon

800px-Mig 29 firing AA-10

Luftwaffe MiG-29 firing an AA-10 Alamo

800px-F-4Fs JG74 1998

Two F-4Fs from JG74

800px-Alpha Jet JaboG49 Jever

Alpha Jet A of JaboG40

Transport AircraftEdit


Aircraft


Origin


Role


Versions


Service Entry


In service


Comments

Airbus A310 22px-Flag_of_Europe.svg.png European Union Transport A310-304 VIP
A310-304 MEDEVAC
A310-304 PAX
A310 MRT
7 1991 Former Interflug and Lufthansa
Airbus A319CJ 22px-Flag_of_Europe.svg.png European Union VIP Transport A319-115CJ 2 2000
Airbus A340 22px-Flag_of_Europe.svg.png European Union VIP Transport A340-313 0 (2010) Former Lufthansa aircraft on order
Bombardier Challenger 600 22px-Flag_of_Canada.svg.png Canada VIP Transport CL-601 6 1998
Bombardier Global Express 5000 22px-Flag_of_Canada.svg.png Canada VIP Transport GE-5000 0 2012 4 on order
Transall C-160 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany/
22px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France
Tactical Transport C-160D 83 1967 To be replaced by the A400M
Airbus A400M 22px-Flag_of_Europe.svg.png European Union Transport/tanker Airbus A400M 0 2011 70 on order
Luftwaffe Airbus (447459573)

Airbus A310 VIP aircraft "Konrad Adenauer"

A310TTTo

A310 MRT about to refuel a Tornado

Challenger-Transport-006 IG

Challenger 601

C-160D

C-160D dropping supplies

800px-Transall LTG 62 1983

C-160D

800px-A400m

Artist's impression of the A400M in Luftwaffe markings

HelicoptersEdit


Aircraft


Origin


Role


Versions


Service Entry


In service


Comments

Bell UH-1 Iroquois 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Utility helicopter UH-1D 70 1966 Built by Dornier
NHI NH90 22px-Flag_of_Europe.svg.png European Union Transport helicopter/CSAR NH90 TTH 1 2010 60 on order
Eurocopter Cougar 22px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France VIP helicopter AS 532U-2 3 1996
CSAR UH-1D

UH-1D equipped for Combat Search and Rescue. It carries an MG3.

Fülber DSC 0947 IG

UH-1D operating in the SAR role. In addition to airfield work, SAR Hueys assist the Bundespolizei and the various Landespolizei

Nh902iladpx

An NH90 TTH of the Luftwaffe, the replacement of the venerable Huey

Cougar-Hubschrauber-007 IG

A Cougar VIP helicopter overflying a field

Cougar IG

A Cougar VIP helicopter

TrainersEdit


Aircraft


Origin


Role


Versions


Service Entry


In service


Comments

Northrop T-38 Talon 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Fast-Jet Trainer T-38A 35 1966 Based in the United States
Cessna T-37 Tweet 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Basic/Advanced Trainer T-37B 20 1965 Based in the United States in USAF markings
Raytheon T-6 Texan II 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Basic/Advanced Trainer T-6A 30 2008 Based in the United States in USAF markings
Grob G-120 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany Flight Screening trainer G-120 6 2003 Operated by Lufthansa Flight Training in Phoenix, Arizona, US
Luftwaffe Trainers

Luftwaffe trainers in formation. 2 T-38s, a T-37, and a T-6

T-38-Talon IG

A Luftwaffe T-38 Talon, based in the United States at Holloman Air Force Base

090731-F-2227T-045

Luftwaffe T-37 Tweets lifting off

T-6 Texan II

A Luftwaffe T-6 Texan II

Grob G 120A Take Off

A Grob G-120 of Lufthansa Flight Training operating on Luftwaffe contract

Unmanned Aerial VehiclesEdit


Aircraft


Origin


Role


Versions


Service Entry


In service


Comments

Northrop Grumman EuroHawk 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
Reconnaissance/SIGINT RQ-4B Block 20 0 (2011) 5 on order
IAI Heron 22px-Flag_of_Israel.svg.png Israel Reconnaissance/Surveillance IAI Heron 3 2010 3 plus 2 ground stations leased by the Luftwaffe as an interim solution until SAATEG becomes available
800px-EuroHawk

Luftwaffe EuroHawk on display

4733790645 a3a4086146

Luftwaffe IAI Heron, the first Israeli aircraft in service with the Luftwaffe

Surface to Air MissilesEdit


Missile


Origin


Role


Versions


Service Entry


In service


Comments

Raytheon MIM-104 Patriot 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Area Defence MIM-104A
MIM-104C PAC-2
MIM-104F PAC-3
180 launchers 1989 Drawn by German-made MAN trucks
Euromissile Roland 2 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany/
22px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France
Point defence (airbases) Roland 2 100 Launchers 1985 Mounted on MAN LKW 7t
Raytheon Fliegerfaust 2 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Point defence FIM-92A 200 launchers 1987 Used by German Air Force Regiment "Frisia"
Patriot Radar

AN/MPQ-53 radar for the Patriot missile system

PATRIOT Launcher 1 640

Patriot launcher in the field

800px-Patriot System 2

Patriot launcher on display

Patriot launch

Patriot missile launch

Aerial GunsEdit


Gun


Origin


Role


Versions


Service Entry

Mauser BK-27 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany 27×145mm 1700 rpm Tornado, Eurofighter, Alpha Jet
General Electric M61 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States 20×102 mm 6000 rpm F-4F Phantom II
Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-301 22px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union 30×165mm 1500-1800 rpm MiG-29 Fulcrum
Browning M3M 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States 12.7x99mm NATO 1200 rpm UH-1D, NH-90
Rheinmetall MG 3 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany 7.62x51mm NATO 1200 rpm UH-1D, NH-90

Air to Air MissilesEdit


Missile


Origin


Role


Guidance


Maximum Range


Comments

AIM-2000 IRIS-T 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany Dogfight missile Infra-red ~25 km AIM-9 replacement
AIM-9 Sidewinder 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Dogfight missile Infra-red 18 km Current version AIM-9M
Vympel R-73/AA-11 Archer 22px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union Dogfight missile Infra-red 20 km Inherited from the NVA
MBDA Meteor 22px-Flag_of_Europe.svg.png European Union Beyond visual range missile Active radar 100 km Replacement for the AMRAAM
AIM-120 AMRAAM 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Beyond visual range missile Active radar 48 km Phantom and Eurofighter
To be replaced by Meteor
Vympel R-27/AA-10 Alamo 22px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union Beyond visual range missile Semi-active radar 30 km Inherited from the NVA

Air to Ground MissilesEdit


Missile


Origin


Role


Guidance


Maximum Range


Comments

AGM-65 Maverick 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Air-to-ground tactical missile TV/IIR/Laser 28 km Used by Tornado and Eurofighter
AGM-88 HARM 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Anti-radiation missile Passive radar, home on jam 106 km Used by the Tornado ECR
Taurus KEPD 350 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany/
22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden
Cruise missile Image based, intertial,
terrain reference, GPS
500 km Used by Tornado IDS

BombsEdit


Bombs


Origin


Role


Guidance


Weight


Comments

Mark 82 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
General Purpose Bomb None 227 kg (500 lb) Made under license in Germany
Mark 83 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
General Purpose Bomb None 454 kg (1000 lb) Made under license in Germany
Mark 84 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
General Purpose Bomb None 908 kg (2000 lb) Made under license in Germany
FAB-250 22px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union
22px-Flag_of_East_Germany.svg.png East Germany
General Purpose Bomb None 250kg (550lb) Manufactured under license in the DDR
Used on the MiG-29
FAB-1000 22px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union
22px-Flag_of_East_Germany.svg.png East Germany
General Purpose Bomb None 1000kg (2200lb) Manufactured under license in the DDR
Used on the MiG-29
GBU-12 Paveway II 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
Precision guided bomb Laser 227 kg (500 lb) Mark 82 warhead made under license in Germany
GBU-16 Paveway II 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
Precision guided bomb Laser 454 kg (1000 lb) Mark 83 warhead made under license in Germany
GBU-10 Paveway II 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
Precision guided bomb Laser 908 kg (2000 lb) Mark 84 warhead made under license in Germany
GBU-22 Paveway III 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
Precision guided bomb Laser 227 kg (500 lb) Mark 82 warhead made under license in Germany
GBU-24 Paveway III 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
Precision guided bomb Laser 908 kg (2000 lb) Mark 84 and BLU-109 warhead made under license in Germany
B-61 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Tactical thermonuclear weapon None 320 (700 lb) Held by US forces under NATO nuclear sharing agreement.
Used on Tornado IDS only.

UniformsEdit

Service UniformEdit

Luftwaffe Service Uniform

Flying UniformEdit

Luftwaffe Flying Uniform

Combat UnformEdit

FlecktarnEdit

This is issued in most climates.

Flecktarn

WüstentarnEdit

This is issued in tropical and desert climates.

Wüstentarn

Rank Insignia Edit

Officers Edit

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Enlisted Men Edit

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Heer Logo Heer Luftwaffe Logo Luftwaffe Marine Logo Marine
Sanitätsdienst Logo Sanitätsdienst Streitkräftebasis Logo Streitkräftebasis

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