Headline – Crisis meeting in Berlin over the failure of the “Puma” infantry fighting vehicle
Berlin, December 18 – Due to the acute defects of the “Puma” infantry fighting vehicle, the heads of the Ministry of Defense and the German armed forces are gathering for a crisis meeting on Monday. Circles from the ministry in Berlin confirmed the relevant information from the daily “Welt” on Sunday. According to a “Spiegel” report, 18 “Cougars” intended for NATO’s rapid reaction force next year are not operational. The Bundeswehr’s inspector general, Eberhard Zorn, immediately promised a quick clarification. The Bundeswehr leaders stressed that the contribution to the alliance was not in danger.
According to ministerial circles, department head Christine Lambrecht will meet with Zorn, army inspector Alfons Mais, the commander of the 10th Panzer Division, Major General Ruprecht von Butler, and Benedikt Zimmer, the state secretary in charge of armaments, on Monday morning. According to “Spiegel”, von Butler reported last week in a “confidential fire email to the inspector of the army” that “after a target exercise with 18 ultra-modern infantry fighting vehicles ‘Puma’, not a single one is ready for action”. According to the report, they are now to be replaced by the “old but proven Marder infantry fighting vehicle” for now.
“A LOT OF MONEY IN PUMA”
Zorn wrote on Twitter on Sunday: “We are doing everything we can to quickly restore ‘Puma’ operational readiness”. “Together with specialists from the arms industry,” he would immediately set about assessing the damage. At the same time, Zorn stressed: “We will fulfill our obligations towards NATO from 1 January 2023.” Lieutenant General Mais explained that a “comprehensive inventory” is currently being made. “The goal is to restore the operational readiness of the armored personnel carrier as quickly as possible.” The Bundeswehr’s contribution to the alliance “can continue to be secured”, Mais stressed.
The chairman of the Defense Committee in the Bundestag, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, called for a quick solution to the problem. Although she does not know any details yet, she expects those responsible to “clarify very quickly where the error is and how the problem can be solved,” the FDP politician told “Handelsblatt”. “After all, we have put a lot of money into the Puma.” CDU defense expert Henning Otte asked Lambrecht to make the subject a “boss thing”. The Bundeswehr will take more responsibility in NATO with the rapid reaction force from the beginning of the year, he told the “Rheinische Post”. A quick solution is required “so we don’t let our friends in NATO down”.
Berlin, Dec 18 – Bundeswehr Inspector General Eberhard Zorn has promised an immediate investigation following a report of defects in the “Puma” infantry fighting vehicle. “We are doing everything we can to quickly restore the operational readiness of ‘Puma,'” the general wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Together with specialists from the arms industry, we will immediately start assessing the damage.” At the same time, Zorn stressed: “We will fulfill our obligations towards NATO from 1 January 2023”.
According to a “Spiegel” report, citing a “confidential report to the Army Inspectorate,” the commander of the 10th Armored Division reported this week that “after a firing practice with 18 ultra-modern ‘Puma’ infantry fighting vehicles, not a single one is ready for action “. According to “Spiegel”, the tanks will be used in NATO’s rapid reaction force next year. According to the report, the “Pumas” will be temporarily replaced by the “old but proven Marder infantry tank”.
Bundeswehr Inspector General announces damage assessment at “Pumas”.
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