According to Russia Insider half of German military barracks are not connected to the power grid.
Photo: German Eurofighters, even in cases of emergency, remain mostly on the ground.
Minister Ursula von der Leyen has promised to furnish all military barracks with electricity. The state of the Federal Armed Forces is in desolation according to the report.
According to Facts and figures, reported by ARD (German Public Broadcasters) last autumn:
Out of 254 battle and transport aircrafts 150 must remain on the ground.
Out of 109 Eurofighter only 42 are ready for use.
The situation with Tornado-Jet fighters is not much better: out of 89 only 38 can lift off.
Air freighters ‘Transall’: out of 56 less than half can operate.
Transport helicopter CH-53: The Federal Armed Forces possess 83 out of which only 16 are functional.
Navy helicopter? Out of 43 only 7 can fly.
Attack helicopter Tiger: 64 in stock, operational – 18.
Armored personnel carrier Boxer: 110, out of 180, are under repair.
As a few months have passed since the publication by ARD it might be that one or more helicopters can now fly but it could not change the whole picture: The German army is far from being able to provide the ‘Quick Response Force’ as required by NATO.
As for the new air vehicles, the situation is even more dismal: ‘Die Welt’ reported a week ago that the new air force cargo aircraft A400M, built by Airbus, has evidently 161 deficiencies, 8 of which are classified as ‘permanent or temporary defects’. The loading dock can be loaded with only 3 tons instead of the required 4,5; problems arise at low temperatures at high altitudes, at low-altitude flight as well as at landing on unpaved runways.
And what about the electricity? Is it true that more than half of the German military barracks are not connected to the power grid? Yes, it is true since this was ultimately stated by the German newspaper ‘Die Welt’. And who would doubt the credibility of German media?
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