Germany only has 20,000 high explosive artillery shells left, Der Spiegel reports
PHOTO CAPTION: German soldiers of 1-31 Battalion fire the PzH 2000 (Panzerhaubitze) self-propelled Howitzer during a joint operations with the Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, March 15, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathanael Mercado via U.S. Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's armed forces only have around 20,000 high explosive artillery shells left, magazine Der Spiegel wrote on Monday citing confidential defence ministry papers prepared to convince the budget committee of the need for urgent purchases.
Countries like Germany have rushed to send supplies of 155m artillery rounds used by howitzers to Ukraine in the wake of its invasion by Russia in February 2022, running down stocks for their own defence.
Germany's military needs to build up an inventory of some 230,000 shells by 2031 to comply with NATO goals to have enough artillery to withstand 30 days of intensive combat, Der Spiegel wrote.
The defence ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The ministry aims to present the budget committee with nine contracts for the accelerated purchase of artillery and tank ammunition in coming months, Der Spiegel wrote.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold and Sarah Marsh; Editing by Christina Fincher)