Federal auditors in COLOGNE, Germany have set a close heart in army armored trainings, and they warned that the Puma tank in infantry cube will be fully equipped longer than previously thought.
Given the turbulent progress and the low availability rates of the program, German land forces must be prepared to use the premise tank, the old Marder wrote for 40 years, except for the prospective replacement in 2024.
The warning is included in a recent report to the legislators by the Bundesrechnungshof, an agency comparable to the United States government office of responsibility. The document is part of a series of brief communications aimed at supporting budget considerations under way in the Bundestag. The conclusions will be made public, the agency said, but only once the budget negotiations have finished.
The integration of all the characteristics required in the Puma tank, carried out by a consortium of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, lasts until 2029 if it is a guide of past attempts similar, according to the report.
The preparations to keep the Marder that the end of life planned in 2025 must make sure that there are enough spare parts available. It was a notorious problem for the German armed forces, and has resulted in job losses in occupational levels in recent years.
In addition, the army denounced the lack of “stability of the system” of the Puma light tank, according to the auditors. Often, the weapon is known during training, and the source of faults remains unwavering.
Meanwhile let auditors with great concern that the rate of availability of the Marder fleet also downward trend.
Rheinmetall announced this week the delivery of the 200 Puma to the Bundeswehr. In a statement, the company praised “massive firepower and capabilities in the face of the superior network.” Of the weapon
The Ministry of Defense has already launched several programs to improve Pumas and rehabilitation vehicles already delivered. However, there are important loopholes, including a system that improves situational awareness, predicts voider operators and a kamoefleringskenmerk that reduces the vehicle’s radar signature, the minister said in April in a confidential report to lawmakers.
It is expected that the price of outstanding assets will be in the hundreds of millions of euros.
Defense officials announced in April that 35 Marter tanks are in the queue to get anti-tank weapons, although it is also considered a vlootwye program for all the eighties of 1970. A part of the Nalatenskappearance was considered as Part of the contribution of Germany to the NATO high-disposition working group, the ministry said.
The entire Puma fleet would eventually also kill the MELLS tank. In their confidential report officials have predicted a one-year delay of March 2019 in the second quarter of 2020. After the test of integration in early summer, the government expects to be charged at the end of this year for the herversorging of the Bundestag