Germany: newly acquired military hardware is unfit for service

GERMANY - The bulk of the new military equipment delivered to the German Armed Forces last year is not ready for service, the German Defense Ministry has admitted, as the force struggles to free itself from a torrent of failures. Out of 97 pieces of military equipment delivered to the Armed Forces in 2017, only 38 are fully operational, the German Defense Ministry acknowledged, in response to a parliamentary inquiry.

The fate of the cutting-edge Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) and the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft is what concerns the German military the most. Produced jointly by the German Kraus Maffei-Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall corporations, the 43-ton Puma is thought to be one of the world's best-protected IFVs, while still having a high power-to-weight ratio. However, the ministry's figures reveal that only 27 out of 71 IFVs delivered to the army in 2017 were actually combat-ready.

Last autumn, Germany was literally left without its entire submarine fleet as all of them were either on maintenance or in dire need of repairs. In November 2017, it also became known that more than half of the Bundeswehr's tank fleet is unfit for service.

Our comment

It is hard to believe that the German army would take delivery of 71 Fighting Vehicles (IFV) and yet only 27 were ready for use. That “The bulk of the new military equipment delivered to the German Armed Forces last year is not ready for service” is also hard to believe.

Are we witnessing a repeat of the Goebbels quote:“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it?”

Germany is pushing hard for an EU army – yet they spent much time and energy telling the world that their own forces are useless. Are we really supposed to believe this? Or is the world being deceived? Germany remains a leader in European politics, commanding its strongest economy and one of its most advanced militaries.

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