The decay of Germany’s military continues apace. Excerpt:
The German magazine Spiegel recently revealed that most of the Luftwaffe’s—the modern German air force’s—128 Eurofighter Typhoons are not flightworthy.
In fact, only about ten of the aircraft are ready for operations, Spiegel said. This raises doubts about Germany’s ability to meet its NATO defense commitments.
“The problem is complicated,” according to Spiegel.
“Put simply, all Eurofighters have a sensor on the wings that detects enemy jets or attacks and warns the pilot. About half a year ago, it was discovered that the pod is no longer properly cooled. Since it is central to the self-protection system and this must be active in all operational flights, the number of operational jets drops.
In addition, “although the technicians could replace the defective pods on the wings, they needed a specific spare part to seal the cooling circuit. However, this, according to the sobering response of the industry, is currently unavailable because the manufacturer has been sold.”
Somewhere, Carl Von Clauswitz is spinning in his grave.
Germany has been, for better or worse, the pivot on which European history has turned since they were unified in the nineteenth century. That’s probably ending now, but honestly, Europe is probably ending now – certainly within a generation or two. Frau Merkel has already let the barbarians into the gates, and ethnic Europeans are losing the demographic battle through apathy.
The decay of Germany’s once-proud military tradition and, incidentally, their shirking on their NATO obligations, is a symptom of a much greater collapse in progress.