Nean1 wrote:The Airbus plane has not yet managed to get rid of a troublesome maintenance reputation. In the link below there is information about availability even worse than the worst suspicions, this in a high-level technical air force:
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... va-446491/
"......These include the air force's Airbus Defence & Space A400Ms, which boasted a deployability rate of 38%, or just three of the service's 15-aircraft total......."
The Bundeswehr currently seems to have nothing in their arsenal that they don't have issues with.
Cause is rather easy:
de Mezier ordered ( when on the job some years ago ) that spares may only be procured when they are
needed. ( making budget cuts possible ). That seems to include stuff for regular maintainance too.
( no sub is working, few helos are working ( independent of manufacturer. .. )
The only type reasonably available is the Airbus helo based on a civil version.
Those parts needed seem to be available on shorter notice from the civil market.
Ulla von der Lügen has not changed this. But is adamant that fault is with the manufacturers.
In the position she previously held she has spent more money on PR "to present her in the right light" than anything else.
Question is what does she want to achieve ? Introduce "more reliable" suppliers from abroad ?
so your statement
"The Airbus plane has not yet managed to get rid of a troublesome maintenance reputation. "