The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued a statement concerning the reliability of the Heckler & Koch G36 service rifle on 30 March, prompting statements from Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Bundeswehr chief of staff General Volker Wieker.
Following a lengthy investigation, it was established that the G36 significantly loses accuracy when the barrel becomes too hot. Specifically, the composite holding the barrel in place loosens and starts shifting with each shot fired, leading to inaccuracy of up to 50 cm, according to the statement.
Previous investigations either failed to identify the problem at all or, as was the case in February 2014, identified a faulty batch of ammunition as the source of the problem. The latest investigation places the G36 itself as the source of the problems, explicitly excluding external components or different types of ammunition.
IHS Jane’s understands the deficiency occurs due to particularly intensive firing, a very hot climate, or a combination of both. German forces deployed to Afghanistan have repeatedly noted the problem over the past few years.
The latest investigation was jointly conducted by the German research organisation the Fraunhofer Institute, the Bundeswehr’s Technical Centre for Weapons and Ammunition (WTD 91), and the Research Institute for Materials, Fuels, and Lubricants (WIWeB).
Heckler & Koch was not involved in the investigation and refuted its findings. It insists all of the 178,000 G36s and variants delivered to date have been of the agreed standard and are independently inspected by the company and the Bundeswehr upon delivery. „Any kind of claims for compensation are factually and legally irrelevant,“ it stated.
Defence Minister von der Leyen had hinted that there could be significant changes concerning the Bundeswehr’s main service rifle. „We will see what this means in the medium run for the armed forces, including the question if a new and different service rifle needs to be introduced,“ she said.
Regardless of these new findings, measures were put in place to counter the problem in 2014. Soldiers have been given advice to prevent their rifles overheating in the first place, while infantry squads have been issued with a wider mix of weapons to make them less reliant on the G36, MoD officials said.
- Dienstag, 07. April 2009 14:06
Teil 1: Der Zögling
Von FRIEDERIKE BECK
Als uns vor kurzem der neuen Wirtschaftsminister Karl-Theodor von und zu Guttenberg präsentiert wurde, stellte sich bald ziemlich alles, was über seine angebliche Erfahrung in der „freien Wirtschaft“ berichtet wurde, als falsch heraus. Aus den Medien war und ist außer nachweislichen Falschinformationen und Plattitüden kaum etwas Sachdienliches zu erfahren. Wer aber ist zu Guttenberg wirklich, woher kommt er? Und wofür steht er? zeitgeist-Autorin Friederike Beck begab sich auf Spurensuche und fand erstaunlich Brisantes. Ihr Beitrag gibt aber auch Einblick in eine Form des investigativen Journalismus, die man eigentlich von den großen Nachrichtenmagazinen zu erwarten hätte … Aufgrund der Fülle des Materials wird das „Guttenberg-Dossier“ in mehreren Teilen veröffentlicht – exklusiv auf zeitgeist Online.
Aus der Ankündigung:
Political Berlin: Germany and the United States, Panel Discussion, Sun, Nov 11 at 7 PM, Weill Recital Hall
Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg
Henry A. Kissinger
John C. Kornblum
Richard C. Holbrooke, Moderator
Unter „Meet the artist“ heißt es u. a.:
KARL-THEODOR FREIHERR ZU GUTTENBERG
Baron zu Guttenberg is a member of the German Parliament (CSU) and Chairman of the CSU’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. In Berlin he serves as Department Spokesman for the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group on the Foreign Affairs Committee and as Spokesman for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control.
Before being elected into Parliament, he was head of the Guttenberg family’s companies in Munich and Berlin, and gained work experience in Frankfurt and New York. Baron zu Guttenberg was Managing Director of the Guttenberg GmbH (Munich) and is a member on several boards. Prior to this position, he studied law and completed a doctoral thesis on comparative constitutional law (JD).
Guttenberg has published many articles on foreign and European policy as well as on the period between 1933 and 1945 in Germany. (His family was actively involved in the resistance against Hitler.)
He is married to his wife, Stephanie. They have two daughters.
An der unterstrichenen Stelle wird behauptet, Guttenberg habe viele Artikel über die Periode zwischen 1933 und 1945 geschrieben und dass „seine [Guttenbergs] Familie aktiv am Widerstand gegen Hitler beteiligt war.“ Auf diese Angabe (im doppelten Wortsinn) kommen wir später zurück………………………