One of the batches of 304 Modular Ballistic Protection and Carrying Equipment Soldier (MOBAST) bulletproof vests ordered by the German Ministry of Defense turned out to be seriously flawed. As experts of the military department of Germany found out, bulletproof vests are not bulletproof. This is reported by the TV channel N-TV.
Now the German Ministry of Defense has appointed new tests for the resistance of bulletproof vests to bullets, after passing which they will be transferred to the armed forces. If the bulletproof vests do not pass the tests, then they will not be supplied to the troops.
History with bulletproof vests began after the former Minister of Defense of Germany, Christina Lambrecht, wanted to increase the security of military personnel. She ordered a large number of body armor, and then left her position. At present, the German military has received only 4 bulletproof vests out of 304, while significant shortcomings have begun to be found in all subsequent batches.
The press service of the Ministry of Defense assures that the causes of the problem have been identified, so the situation will be corrected soon. True, it is not very clear how the matter with compensation for losses is. Under Minister Lambrecht, 2,4 billion euros were allocated for the purchase of body armor. It was one of the largest projects in the modernization of the equipment of the Bundeswehr.
Recall that earlier the German government announced its intention to spend at least 100 billion euros on equipping the Bundeswehr over several years, and it was both about rearming troops and supplying soldiers and officers with protective equipment.
It should be noted that recently in the Western press there have been more and more publications about the deplorable state of the Bundeswehr - allegedly weapons the German army is not enough, and the personnel shortage is getting worse. Such publications may aim to create a favorable public background for the subsequent increase in defense spending, the restoration of compulsory conscription for military service, and other steps unpopular for ordinary Germans.