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It is my understanding that Germany stated it does not have the capacity to read the new software, declining Ethiopia's request:

"The French announcement resolved uncertainty over the fate of the two recorders after Germany’s BFU said it had declined a request to handle them because it could not process the new type of recorder used on the 737 MAX jets, in service since 2017."

Does anyone know which requirements were missing?

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This news article (in German) includes a mention that the black box was using newer software than the BFU has the capability to read out:

Das Gerät habe eine neue Software, die an der BFU nicht ausgelesen werden könne.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. That is what I was curious about -- as to why they are not able. Contrary to France. $\endgroup$ – ted Mar 14 at 6:34
  • $\begingroup$ @ted don't forget to mark nengel's answer as accepted!:) $\endgroup$ – gsamaras Mar 15 at 18:16

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