At the current “sluggish” pace, it could take 50 years to modernize, a parliamentary report has said
FILE PHOTO: A ceremonial handover of new Leopard 2 A7V tanks to German Tank Battalion 104. © Daniel Karmann / picture alliance via Getty Images
The German Armed Forces remain underequipped, underfunded and too slow in dealing with problems, a report about the state of the Bundeswehr has revealed. While many of the issues have been known for years, “shockingly little” has been done to address some of them despite the crisis in Ukraine, it noted.
The document was produced by the office of Eva Hogl, the German parliament’s commissioner for the Bundeswehr, who submitted it to the legislature’s President Barbel Bas on Tuesday.
Hogl warned that the German military “lacks everything,” from helmets and vests to modern digital radios, and remained burdened by red tape when replenishing stockpiles. This problem was true even for replacing weapons and ammunition that Berlin sent to Ukraine for use in its conflict against Russia.
The slow procurement process means that the planned modernization of the Bundeswehr would take a long time. For example, decades would be required to upgrade barracks, some of which are in a “wretched condition,” Hogl warned.