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Süddeutsche Zeitung has compared the Bundeswehr to "a warehouse of spare parts" - RIA Novosti, 8/16/2018


MOSCOW, 16 Aug — RIA Novosti. The Bundeswehr has appeared in deep crisis, having faced sharp insufficient funding, Süddeutsche Zeitung.© AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis the German newspaper writes the Bundeswehr "Barbarossa" has warned against repetition of the plan As reports the edition, 20% of candidates for officer positions leave service in the first half a year, and enrollment 8,5 thousand volunteers provided by the plan is more difficult for passing of military service every year. At the same time the greatest concern is caused by financing of the German army. According to the edition, the defensive budget for 2018 in a size of 38,5 billion euros seems sufficient only at first sight, actually army there isn't enough money: a half of the budget is the share of providing staff, about 18% are spent for operational costs, and only 13% go for defensive purchases. The newspaper, in particular, reminds of sharp reduction of number of tanks — about 4,5 thousand at the time of the end of Cold War up to 225 units. For the solution of the tasks facing the Bundeswehr, the allocated funds aren't enough, states the edition. So, performance of operations within the UN Missions in Afghanistan and Mali often requires not those arms which are used in Europe: the equipment which is specially prepared for difficult weather conditions and min. armored cars, steady against influence. Gives participation of the Bundeswehr in the Afghan campaign in 2001-2014 as an example of Süddeutsche Zeitung. To provide the German contingent to all necessary, the army was literally turned into "a warehouse of spare parts" so it has lost possibilities for defense of Germany and performance of tasks within NATO, the AFP 2018/John MacDougall newspaper.© of media notes: the new German IFV for "intimidation" of Russia has become outdated before input in стройСложившаяся the situation was shown during actions of the Bundeswehr as a part of the Joint task force of increase in readiness of NATO for what the German military had to collect transport practically through the whole country, the Zeitung newspaper.Süddeutsche writes reminds that in the German government which endures a political crisis there are disputes over an occasion of increase in the defensive budget from 1,3 to 1,5 percent of GDP. But, as experts believe, it won't help the Bundeswehr taking into account his requirements. The former chairman of NATO Military Committee Claus Naumann considers that these means at best will leave on reduction of deficiency which grew since the beginning of the 2000th. Earlier the tabloid Bild with reference to the report of Federal Audit Chamber of Germany has reported that the Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leien was accused of concealment of malfunctions of military equipment and "embellishment of statistics". According to the edition, last year any German submarine wasn't suitable for operation, it was possible to involve less than a half of frigates and tanks and only every third fighting helicopter. Besides, corvettes which "combat readiness" declared to von der Leien had no weapon, the ships had no guided missiles, and on submarines there was a shortage of crews.

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