(MENAFN) The German Army (Bundeswehr) has just enough ammunition for one or two days of fighting, according to the German version of news website Business Insider (BI), citing military industry and legislative sources.
According to BI, Berlin is well behind NATO's demand to keep inventories for at least 30 days of conflict. According to reports, the situation "has been known for years," since military training have been hampered by insufficient supplies.
Stockpiles were lowered further after Germany, along with many other Western countries, began delivering weapons and ammunition to Ukraine following Russia's military intervention in the neighboring country in February.
As stated by the German government, the supply comprised 53,000 rounds for self-propelled anti-aircraft weapons, 21.8 million rounds for rifles, and 50 bunker-buster missiles.
Based on Hans Christoph Atzpodien, CEO of the German Security and Defense Industry Association (BDSV), the issue with the shortfall "will not improve if ammunition is removed from Bundeswehr stores while comparable orders are not made on the defense industry at the same time." Meanwhile, the outlet's sources claim that there have been "no big orders" for military businesses to create new arms.
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