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Brand-new German tanks, helicopters need improvement before deployment
DW ^ | October 31, 2018 | Ian P. Johnson

Posted on 11/02/2018 7:59:12 AM PDT by C19fan

Germany's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that only 39 percent of large items, such as tanks and helicopters, delivered to the Bundeswehr in 2017 did not require improvement before deployment.

The quality of items delivered was "still improvable," said Parliamentary State Secretary Peter Tauber, who until February was general secretary of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic (CDU) party.

The admission, which came in response to an inquiry from Left party parliamentarian Matthias Höhn, coincides with German troop involvement in a major NATO exercise in Norway and follows calls for improved readiness from defense officials, including Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.

(Excerpt) Read more at dw.com ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: army; germany
Has Germany forgotten how to build military armaments? They built frigates that are unstable and now this.
1 posted on 11/02/2018 7:59:12 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

The country that pioneered armored warfare and close air support can now no longer do either.


2 posted on 11/02/2018 8:03:41 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("In a Time of Universal Deceit Telling the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act" - George Orwell)
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To: C19fan

I guess seven decades of letting someone else defend you has an impact.


3 posted on 11/02/2018 8:08:22 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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Given Germany’s track record, this is not such a bad thing.


4 posted on 11/02/2018 8:09:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: C19fan

The US Navy wasn’t available for comment.


5 posted on 11/02/2018 8:16:41 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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Look for the union label...................


6 posted on 11/02/2018 8:25:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (No-platform us all you want. Ban us all you want. Smear us all you want. You can’t stop an idea....)
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I read they have no U-boats. Sad day for Germany. Socialism stinks. Let the Russians have them!


7 posted on 11/02/2018 8:30:19 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll Onward! Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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To: C19fan

I suspect with the Germans, if things were not check-list perfect, they needed “improvement,” and these were the kind of things our military would just live with....

I know a guy in tank training here in the USA; a substantial number of their tanks don’t run at all. I recall a recruitment run by the Marine Corps. to my technical college. They flew in a helicopter for us to admire. One of the seniors—who was a certified helicopter mechanic by then, said after looking at it, the Corps’ copter had so many leaks and problems, it shouldn’t of been allowed to fly....but, they just lived with it (even for recruitment!).

I think there’s a lot of imperfections in our military....that are just lived with, which probably a German mentality won’t permit.


8 posted on 11/02/2018 8:36:36 AM PDT by AnalogReigns (Real life is ANALOG...)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

They still have U-Boats. In fact they produce Israel’s submarine fleet....


9 posted on 11/02/2018 8:37:34 AM PDT by AnalogReigns (Real life is ANALOG...)
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They manufacture a great deal of first class military hardware and when considering a major military conflict, a strong industrial base is much more important than a current inventory. Germany has a long history of using the resources of potential adversaries to test and perfect military equipment and concepts for their own purposes. An interesting book for anyone with spare time would be “The arms of Krupp” by William Manchester


10 posted on 11/02/2018 8:58:48 AM PDT by etcb
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They forgot how to build reliable cars, why wouldn’t armaments follow?


11 posted on 11/02/2018 9:41:16 AM PDT by VTenigma (The Democrat party is the party of the mathematically challenged)
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German engineering, Turkish manufacturing.


12 posted on 11/02/2018 12:39:37 PM PDT by Mr. Blond
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The German armed forces are a complete joke. None of their U-boats are seaworthy. Over half their tanks and a much much higher percentage of their fighter aircraft are not fit for action. They refuse to spend a reasonable amount for their own defense and the German armed forces have not seen any real action since 1945. The country has no spine. At all. They are utterly worthless as “allies” (which of course, they’re not).


13 posted on 11/02/2018 3:50:53 PM PDT by FLT-bird
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To: AnalogReigns

They have 6 U-boats NONE of which are currently seaworthy.

Yes, you read that right.


14 posted on 11/02/2018 3:52:32 PM PDT by FLT-bird
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and that's not counting their current inventory that's red flagged InOp...
15 posted on 11/02/2018 8:36:26 PM PDT by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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