According to him, of the approximately 300 Leopard tanks in the German armed forces, “only 30% are currently combat-ready,” reports RIA Novosti. Wustner added that the FRG would have to order replacements for 18 Leopard 2 tanks that Berlin had decided to deliver to kyiv.
The military also responded negatively to the question of whether the Bundeswehr is now combat-ready, noting that “additional gaps” have arisen due to assistance to Ukraine. At the same time, Wüstner expressed doubts that Germany will be able to meet its NATO obligations after 2025.
Speaking about the conflict in Ukraine, Wüstner said that it would be naive to believe that it will end this year. He believes that Europe is going through a decade of war, and NATO and Germany should “strategically tune in to a decade of threats.”