capercaillie wrote:CH-53s are all with the Air Force now.
Oh right. I guess there's less than a snowball's chance in hell in that case.
Still, despite that it's an excellent show from the Luftwaffe - particularly given the recent run of reports about their lack of serviceable air-frames, problems with their fuel, budget restraints etc.
The recently published report on the "Operational Readiness of the Bundeswehr’s Primary Weapons Systems 2017" gave these figures for the availability of types we've been discussing;
Typhoon jets: 39 of 128
Tornado jets: 26 of 93
CH-53 transport helicopters: 16 of 72
NH-90 transport helicopters: 13 of 58
Tigre attack helicopters: 12 of 62
A400M transport aircraft: 3 of 15
"...the document revealed. The Luftwaffe’s main forces — the Eurofighter and Tornado fighter jets and its CH-53 transport helicopters — are only available for use an average of four months a year"
And we think the RAF have problems!