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The Airbus director understands Scholz’s reluctance regarding missiles for Ukraine

Michael Schollhorn, CEO Airbus Defense and Space, speaks during a ceremony at Wunstorf Air Base. The head of the defense unit of European aerospace giant Airbus has expressed his understanding of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s decision not to supply Ukraine with the German-made Taurus cruise missile. Julian Stratenschulte/dpa

The head of the defense unit of European aerospace giant Airbus has expressed his understanding of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s decision not to supply Ukraine with the German-made Taurus cruise missile.

Michael Schöllhorn, CEO of Airbus Defense and Space, told news magazine Der Spiegel that technical solutions could be found to prevent direct German participation in programming the missiles in Ukraine, in comments published on Saturday.

“But I can understand the political arguments,” he added.

Scholz is under pressure from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and from hawks within his three-party coalition to supply Ukraine with modern air-launched missiles, which reportedly have a range of 500 kilometers.

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“German forces at no position or in any location should not be associated with the goals this system achieves. Not even in Germany,” Scholz told a DPA editorial conference in February.

Scholz indicated that he believed that the German-Swedish rockets could only be used with the participation of German military technicians.

As for the Eurofighter fighter jets made by a consortium that includes Airbus, Schöllhorn called for a decision to order 50 more. “We need a reliable commitment from the German government that the fifth tranche will come, otherwise we will lose the supplying companies. ” he said.

The German government had still not drawn the necessary consequences from the changes caused by the war in Ukraine, he said.

He referred to Scholz’s promise of a great “Zeitenwende” in German defense policy, shortly after Russia launched its large-scale invasion of Ukraine more than two years ago.

A look at the Airbus logo on the facade of the company's headquarters in Bremen.  Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpaA look at the Airbus logo on the facade of the company's headquarters in Bremen.  Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa

A look at the Airbus logo on the facade of the company’s headquarters in Bremen. Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa

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