Media: the once mighty Bundeswehr decays due to underfunding

The German army, formerly one of the largest and most well-equipped, faced serious problems due to underfunding in recent decades, according to an article published in the journal National Interest.




“After the unification of the FRG and the GDR, the military budget was cut, the number of military equipment was reduced by 75%. Now Germany spends about 1,2% of GDP on defense, while NATO recommends maintaining military spending at the level of 2% of GDP, ”the article quotes RIA News.

The author cites the main problems faced by the Bundeswehr due to lack of funds:

1. Germany had to cancel the “large-scale procurement program for Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, and at the moment only 109 aircraft of this type are in service with the German Air Force.” Last year, the lack of spare parts led to the fact that only 42 machines remained in combat-ready condition. And because of defects in the design of the fuselage, the life of the fighters was halved.

2. “The underfunding was reflected in the Eurofighter Tornado fighters, which are in service with the German army. In August, 2014, it became known that only 89 of the 38 aircraft are in working condition, ”the author states.

3. As a result of excessive savings, the number of basic tanks Leopard II. There were 225 of them left, while in West Germany there were more than two thousand cars.

4. “Problems also arose with the G36 assault rifles. Since 1996, the Bundeswehr bought 176 thousands of G36 rifles, but later during the fighting in Afghanistan, it turned out that rifles lose accuracy in the long skirmishes. Perhaps this problem was not obvious to the army in peacetime. But it is still difficult to understand why the defect was not noticed before, ”the magazine notes.

5. The lack of funding was fully manifested in the course of the NATO rapid-reaction forces training exercise that took place in Norway in February: “German soldiers had to use sticks instead of machine guns,” the newspaper reminds. It turned out that the soldiers were transferred weapon from other parts of the Bundeswehr, but it was not enough for everyone.

"This situation in the Bundeswehr raises the question of whether Germany is capable of fulfilling its obligations to NATO," the author concludes.
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  1. Putinets 3 September 2015 08: 46 New
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    nothing, soon they will have Islamists instead of the Bundeswehr
    1. insafufa 3 September 2015 08: 50 New
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      Quote: Putin
      nothing, soon they will have Islamists instead of the Bundeswehr


      Give the GLA army of generals
    2. little girl15 3 September 2015 08: 58 New
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      What a chancellor and defense minister such an army is. Thank God Russia has survived such a period.
      1. Bort radist 3 September 2015 09: 22 New
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        Quote: Vovochka15
        What are the chancellor and defense minister such and the army.

        PMS? repeat
        1. antoXa 3 September 2015 16: 42 New
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          I’m here, too, wildly surprised why many European countries) Babette’s defense ministers ... well, apparently they are still more convenient to destroy combat effectiveness!
    3. Conductor 3 September 2015 09: 07 New
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      nothing, soon they will have Islamists instead of the Bundeswehr

      But how do you like it? lol
      1. Vladimir Pozlnyakov 3 September 2015 09: 10 New
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        This is a BATTLE NIGERA!
      2. Phantom Revolution 3 September 2015 09: 26 New
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        Some African countries send this for training, then they return to their homeland to transfer experience.
      3. inkass_98 3 September 2015 09: 27 New
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        Quote: Explorer
        But how do you like it?

        And you do not know that representatives of Africa, Asia, Latin America study at our military schools? It has always been so, and now it does not bother us, the benefit is that money is paid for them.
      4. Poppy 3 September 2015 09: 59 New
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        getting ready to land
      5. Amurets 3 September 2015 10: 27 New
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        That’s what! If you looked at the same warriors in Blagoveshchensk in a 30-degree frost. At the foreign faculty of the DVOKU.
      6. Engineer 3 September 2015 11: 01 New
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        We are preparing saboteurs for the USA. What is not clear then?
      7. Oznob 3 September 2015 12: 44 New
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        For example, the former president of Mali Ryazan was finishing.

        It’s not for you pushers somewhere in New York, these cadets will return home to Africa and will build their armed forces on the model and likeness of ours, based on our technologies, on our weapons. This is a good foundation for future cooperation in all areas to mutual benefit, if we think strategically for development.
  2. Dezinto 3 September 2015 08: 47 New
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    And why would the owner have something strong colony?

    There is a Ramstein base, drove the A-10 warthogs, drove the F-22 ... live all of Germany - rejoice - they take care of you ....... overseas.





    And refugees from the host wars - take silently!

    1. marlin1203 3 September 2015 09: 48 New
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      Good news. But it’s not because they cannot, but because they don’t want or do not consider it appropriate. That, in general, is logical, not looking at all the anti-Russian information hysteria that is being conducted now. And so, all the same, the strongest economy in Europe, they will want to buy everything that is needed. Just know how to count money.
      1. Altona 3 September 2015 13: 08 New
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        Quote: marlin1203
        And so, all the same, the strongest economy in Europe, they will want to buy everything that is needed. Just know how to count money.

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        The German burgher will have a very reasonable question: “Why do we need a large army? We miserably lost two global wars, having a super-equipped and trained army. Nothing threatens us but the stupidity of our politicians.”
  3. MuadDib 3 September 2015 08: 48 New
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    If this information is true, then this does not mean that you can relax. Each time Russia came into armed conflict with someone, it was a joint force. Twice, the war with Napoleon and A. Hitler, these were the combined forces of Europe.
    1. Poppy 3 September 2015 10: 00 New
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      Crimean war too
  4. rotmistr60 3 September 2015 08: 49 New
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    is Germany able to fulfill its obligations to NATO

    Die for your master - YES!
  5. aszzz888 3 September 2015 08: 49 New
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    Well, grouse caked!
    And they’ll pick up aunts, ministers of their defense, and crow.
    Again, the Fritz caput rolls up?
    This is not for them to bark.
    1. meriem1 3 September 2015 08: 50 New
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      Yes, let it be better that way ... And then they will sing again ... Deutschland Deutschland Huber Alles ............
    2. Poppy 3 September 2015 10: 01 New
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      so there are no normal men left, all non-traditional
    3. Altona 3 September 2015 13: 11 New
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      Quote: aszzz888
      And they’ll pick up aunts, ministers of their defense, and crow.
      Again, the Fritz caput rolls up?

      -------------------------------
      Aunt was chosen on criticism of the former Minister of Defense, allegedly he could not equip the army ... But he could not equip the army because of obstacles in financing that the Bundestag blocked him (the budget is not rubber) ... Now they have chosen her and her same problem...
  6. bionik 3 September 2015 08: 50 New
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    The NATO Rapid Reaction Force, which took place in Norway this past February: “German soldiers had to use sticks instead of machine guns”It touches me. laughing
  7. Wolka 3 September 2015 08: 52 New
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    Germany itself is to blame, obviously having played and becoming a hegemon in the EU, bit a piece that it is not able to swallow, now it is impossible to spit it out and it is impossible to swallow ...
  8. KazaK Bo 3 September 2015 08: 52 New
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    ..and why does Germany have a large army? They have enough of these tanks and planes to "reassure" one of the rebellious closest neighbors ... and against RUSSIA ... against Russia it is necessary 10-20 times more ... and this is not realistic, even Germany cannot afford it ... YES AND WHO SAID THAT RUSSIA WILL FIGHT WITH GERMANY? WITH EUROPE? Obama? So let him answer for himself ...
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    2. Aleksander 3 September 2015 09: 46 New
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      So Germany should not have a real army and production of military equipment, according to the Potsdam agreements of 1945.
  9. SAM 5 3 September 2015 08: 52 New
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    German army faces serious problems due to underfunding

    Hoping for an overseas host, however.
  10. andrei332809 3 September 2015 08: 53 New
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    why do Europeans need an army in general? They protect the crawl with a piglet
  11. GUKTU 3 September 2015 09: 01 New
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    287 US bases in Germany. So the Bundeswehr relaxed laughing
  12. Das Boot 3 September 2015 09: 03 New
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    Just think, Newton’s binomial. It’s great to squeeze on salaries and benefits if you place your immigrants under arms.
    Achtung! Alla akbar! Oh, they will protect your values ​​for lentil stew, be it spock, Europe.
  13. dr.star75 3 September 2015 09: 06 New
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    And why is the army of Germany in general? Nobody is going to attack her, but BB, or whatever their analogue is, is needed yesterday! Just look at the news feeds.
  14. Denshik34 3 September 2015 09: 08 New
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    Other NATO armies are no better
  15. evil partisan 3 September 2015 09: 10 New
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    Yes what ... If IT were to be seen by Aloizych, he would not just be poisoned, but would also pour gasoline in advance ... sad
  16. shinobi 3 September 2015 09: 19 New
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    These are flowers. Not from a good life they will cut funding. They cannot just otherwise. And it will be even worse. The Bundeswehr was a model for the armies of the alliance, it’s sad to see it like that. But for us it’s good!
  17. roskot 3 September 2015 09: 20 New
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    Got it. Potroshenko will soon ask for protection from migrants. Like no strongest army in Europe, again according to Potroshenko.
  18. Vladimir Pozlnyakov 3 September 2015 09: 31 New
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    In the picture, the German Minister of Defense inspects the Bundeswehr.
    And four years ago, Spain emotionally discussed the distribution of "portfolios" in the government. Most talked about the new Minister of Defense, the socialist Karma Chacon. The news itself did not pull the sensation (there are many women in the world - defense ministers), if not for one piquant circumstance: the 37-year-old minister was in her seventh month of pregnancy. Some male politicians still consider this appointment a misunderstanding. Meanwhile, the “Minister with a punch” actively studied all the wisdom of military affairs, selflessly inspected the Spanish generals, attended all important events, despite her “interesting position”.
    Having safely given birth to the boy, Karma continued to command the parade - she was on the post of Minister from April 2008 to December 2011, while the Socialists were in power.
  19. atamankko 3 September 2015 09: 41 New
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    Funding was reduced, but the ambition was not reduced.
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  21. Pavel Vereshchagin 3 September 2015 09: 44 New
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    The Americans do not need strong armies in Europe. They will soon leave nothing left from the European Union, there will be one big euro caliphate.
  22. Vladimir 1964 3 September 2015 09: 51 New
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    A similar state of the armed forces is characteristic of all NATO countries; the only combat-ready component is the Americans. A lot of this and parts of the European media write, in the context of Ukrainian events. Before the Maidan events, Europeans did not really see opponents in Europe for themselves.
  23. uzer 13 3 September 2015 09: 52 New
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    The situation is actually even worse, decades of tolerance have done their job. There is no one to fight. Everyone hopes for NATO, and this military alliance consists of such useless armies that are absolutely incapable of real war. Moreover, the population has no idea how behave in the event of unforeseen situations of war, natural disasters, etc. This could be observed in the United States, when the coastal infrastructure was destroyed by the tsunami, and this is not a weak state in terms of economy. This is the situation of a nuclear conflict. absolutely unprepared for such a development of events, what to expect from other members of the NATO bloc, much poorer and preoccupied with survival problems?
    1. Amurets 3 September 2015 10: 43 New
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      And remember the floods of the latter in Western Europe? Europe would not have been able to withstand such floods as on the Amur in 2013.
  24. Ilya77 3 September 2015 09: 55 New
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    Of course, it’s not up to the army, it is necessary to feed, drink and dress migrants!
  25. Vega 3 September 2015 10: 23 New
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    The fish rots from the head, then everything is clear. And the United States, in the guise of its soldiers to Europe, to the European content.
  26. Zomanus 3 September 2015 10: 49 New
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    If in the future Germany will have to defend itself from someone, then from this
    http://rusnext.ru/news/1441092137
    The enemy is already there ...
  27. Samurai3X 3 September 2015 10: 49 New
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    Anything can be said about the Reich now, but their army was both spectacular and effective. Germany is now a vassal colony. Even in Soviet times, the GDR had its own relatively large army.