Defense industry taking their nation for a ride is not restricted to the USA.
The US Ford class aircraft carrier, Littoral Combat Ship & the trillion $ Work in process F 35. And in the US future is the upcoming $2 billion per bomber B 2.
Now the Germans join in with their new Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle. During an exercise all Pumas failed. The German army are pulling them from service & putting the old IFV back in service. The Germans currently have 350 Pumas on service with 200+ on order.
And the Germans just signed a contract to buy the problem plague F 35.
And worse there is a leaked report that suggests the Bundeswehr only has enough ammunition for two days of intense fighting. It is unknown if that is true as ammunition supply is a state secret. We do know that NATO air forces ran out of smart bombs while conducting their Libyan adventure at the behest of the US betters. The US had to resupply them & also provide air reconnaissance as NATO had limited resources.
The state of the Bundeswehr’s hardware has long been a topic of concern: There have been several stories in recent years about tanks and helicopters that needed repairing, rifles that fail in hot weather, and soldiers having to train in the cold without thermal underwear.
At a conference in Berlin in late October, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks asked his European colleagues, “We’re prepared to die, are you?” Addressing the Germans specifically, he said, “A lot will depend on the military power of your country, and, I’m sorry, your military power is currently not there.”