In a ceremony today in Munich, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and German Minister of Defense Volker Ruehe signed the Follow-on Implementing Amendment to the 1983 Agreement on Cooperative Measures for Enhancing Air Defense for Central Europe.
The agreement permits the transfer of title of 21 U.S.-owned and German manned Roland weapon systems and 12 Patriot fire units to the Germans.
The Germans will man, maintain and operate the Roland and Patriot systems for use throughout the NATO area of operations in accordance with NATO plans and mutually agreed upon U.S. and German missions.
Informally, the U.S. Army has estimated the total value of the financial compensation, including equipment and mission, at $2.1 billion.
The original agreement, signed in 1983, provided for a barter of offsets, purchases and mission capability based on German manning.
This is an important agreement for continued U.S.-German armaments cooperation.