The DFS 230 was a German transport glider operated by the Luftwaffe in World War II. It was developed by the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug (DFS - 'German Research Institute for Sailplane Flight') with Hans Jacobs as the head designer. The glider was the German inspiration for the British Hotspur glider and was intended for paratrooper assault operations. The glider could carry 10 soldiers with equipment or a payload of about 1,200 kg. They were used in the landings at Fort Eben-Emael and Crete, as well as in North Africa and in the rescue of Benito Mussolini and for supplying the defenders of Festung Budapest (Siege of Budapest, until February 12, 1945).