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Germany is experiencing “serious problems” with its military aircraft procurement, which may soon result in an inability to maintain the proper level of combat capability, according to Bundeswehr documents obtained by media.
The German newspaper Welt am Sonntag obtained a memo, signed by German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, which states that by 2021, the operating life of the Transal (the Franco-German C-160 transport aircraft) will end.
The operational use of the new aircraft, the A400M “Atlas” (produced by Airbus) is “unlikely to be expected before 2023,” Welt am Sonntag writes, citing the document.
As a result, this can lead to “a temporary gap in the demand coverage, and possibly to restrictions in order fulfillment” by the Bundeswehr.