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Only 4 of Germany's 128 Eurofighter jets combat ready

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  1. Sinan out

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    The report is the latest to cast doubt on Germany's military capabilities and readiness. It raises questions of whether Germany is really meeting its NATO commitments.

    Only a handful of the German Air Force's Eurofighter jets are combat ready, according to a report in the magazine Der Spiegel published Wednesday.

    Due to a technical problem with the defense system of the combat aircraft only 10 of the Luftwaffe's 128 Eurofighters are mission ready, according to the report.

    The problem stems from a cooling liquid leak in the aircraft's wing pod sensors, which are used to recognize hostile jets or incoming attacks. Without the defense system the Eurofighter jets are not combat ready.

    The shortage of aircraft means that Germany is unable to fulfill its NATO obligations to have 82 combat ready jets for crisis situations.

    The wing pod issue is only one problem facing the Luftwaffe. Der Spiegel reported that there are only enough missiles to make only four Eurofigher jets ready for combat.

    The German military confirmed to Der Spiegel the technical problems with the Eurofighter, but would not comment on the number of combat-ready aircraft, given that this information is classified.

    The revelation in Der Spiegel is the latest report to cast doubt on Germany's military readiness and capabilities.

    In a Bundeswehr document provided to the German parliament last year, the military classified 39 of 128 jets as combat ready.

    A Bundeswehr spokesperson told Der Spiegel that the "daily actual availability" of the Eurofighter right now is better than last year.

    However, Der Spiegel said that the military appeared to count any Eurofighter that can fly as ready, even if they are only available for training or maneuvers without missiles or defense systems.

    "These jets are barred from participating in real deployments, such as air patrols in the eastern flank of NATO," Der Spiegel wrote.

    http://www.dw.com/en/only-4-of-germanys-128-eurofighter-jets-combat-ready-report/a-43611873
     
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    If the German cannot do it,
    there must be something much bigger wrong.
     
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    Priorities I guess. With expansion of NATO eastwards they believe they will have ample warning if there is a chance their airspace will be violated.
     
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    I was at ILA 2018 Berlin on the last weekend. While there, I could talk to a German Tornado pilot who indirectly hinted at this issue i.e. Typhoons not yet ready for the A2A role.
     
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    And you guys blame us on the availability rate of our Migs
     
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    Germany no longer requires as they are not threatened by Russia like they were by USSR.
     
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    Blue Marlin SENIOR MEMBER

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    the germans dont use their typhoons much.
     
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    LOL!
    For what exactly is Germany spending ~ $45 Billion?

    Nothing is combat ready...
     
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    Maybe they are inflating their numbers...
     
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    If I remember,a large chunk of their "military budget" accounted for personnel expenditures and operating costs....

    As you understand German you could find many German sources about it.