After decades of budget cuts, the German military is running out of essential supplies, from bullets to backpacks.
But Chancellor Olaf Scholz, led by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has pledged € 100 billion (US $ 105 billion) to modernize the force, almost three times the military cost of last year.
The huge jump in arms spending is “significantly overdue,” said Wolfgang Richter, a retired colonel in the German army who now works at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin.
“It simply came to our notice then. But the events of recent weeks have shown that we also need a strong army, ”he added.
The Army’s wish list includes new ships, new helicopters, and more tanks and other armor.
However, according to experts, it may take more than a year before the money goes to the German army, which has 184 thousand. soldiers will become an effective deterrent to Russia.
The problem is not the German arms industry.
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