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Approximately 43% of German Soldiers Mistrust Army's Weapons

© AFP 2021 / CHRISTOF STACHEGerman Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen (C) posing with mountain infantry soldiers of the mountain infantry brigade 23 after she watched an exercise near the Bavarian village Bad Reichenhall, southern Germany, on March 23, 2016
German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen (C) posing with mountain infantry soldiers of the mountain infantry brigade 23 after she watched an exercise near the Bavarian village Bad Reichenhall, southern Germany, on March 23, 2016 - Sputnik International
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German soldiers do not trust weapons they are using, a poll conducted by the Center for Military History and Social Studies of Bundeswehr (German armed forces) said as quoted by local media.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) About 800 soldiers participated in the poll in spring during the Trident Juncture NATO drills, Die Welt daily newspaper said.

The poll showed that only eight percent of the German soldiers polled fully trusted in their personal weapons. A total of 28 percent said they partly trust their arms. At the same a total of 43 percent of respondents said they did not trust their weapons.

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The survey also said that 36 percent of German soldiers did not trust weapons of their units while 51 percent said they are rather or partly confident in their units’ equipment.

In January, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces Hans-Peter Bartels said that the advanced weaponry supply process was delayed, insufficient in volume and more expensive than planned.

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