Germany has attempted to modernize its military in recent years, introducing new types of equipment such as the NH-90 helicopter and the A400M transport aircraft.
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The “Report on the Operational Readiness of the Bundeswehr’s Primary Weapons Systems 2017” revealed that only 39 out of 128 Eurofighter jets are ready for action, while 26 out of the 93-strong fleet of Tornado fighter-bombers are operational.
New and state of the art equipment such as the A400M, NH-90 and Tiger attack helicopter all suffer from appalling rates of availability. Only three A400Ms are ready for action out of a total of 15 while 13 NH-90s are up and running out of 58 altogether.
If the Bundeswehr had to fight a conflict against a modern adversary using armour tomorrow, it could only muster 12 Tigers out of 62 in total, along with 105 Leopard 2 tanks out of 224 in the army.
The situation at sea isn’t much better with less than half the frigate fleet available for operations along with absolutely no submarines.