27 Feb '18, 4pm

HALF German submarines, warplanes ready for use...

BERLIN: Missing spare parts and quality defects at a time of increased operations mean less than half of Germany's submarines, warplanes and some other key weapons are ready for use, according to a government report on Tuesday. The defence ministry delivered a 106-page report about the still "unsatisfactory readiness" of many key weapons systems to parliament on Monday, amid growing public outcry about the military's failure to get a handle on the issue. It confirmed the gist of a parliamentary report released last week that cited big, persistent gaps in military personnel and equipment. The report said readiness was improving slowly, with 550 more weapons available in 2017 than in 2014. But more time and money were needed to recover from decades of spending cuts. "We will need significantly more funds in coming years so the Bundeswehr (armed forces) can accomplish the mis...

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