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originally posted by: F2d5thCavv2
a reply to: paraphi
French have 10% of their army dedicated to internal security duties indefinitely. That has to hurt readiness.
originally posted by: paraphi
Nothing listed for Typhoon or submarines. These are the two things I have heard are never really in service, or at low levels of availability. If I recall, at one point only four Typhoons could fly and all submarines were dysfunctional. The rich Germans seem to have continual problems in funding their defence.
I wonder how the Germans compare with the French, or even the British.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: FredT
They just refused two aircraft because of reliability issues. In July, 18 of the 20 RAF aircraft were grounded due to engine gearbox problems. They're seeing problems with mostly engine related issues, that don't look like they'll be fixed until sometime next year.
originally posted by: FredT
The A400M is of interest to me, as its a new plane relatively and only 25%? How much of that is the "don't care" attitude Germany has towards its defense obligations and how much of it is that iffy plane?
I mean its all cool looking but its doing nothing to quell my notion that the A400M was nothing more than a European Jobs Program ala the A380