After a seemingly endless scenario, Germany finally decided that it would buy the F-35A stealth fighters after all, in an effort to re-equip the Luftwaffe with a new nuclear-capable combat aircraft.
Germany has announced the purchase of 35 US-made F-35A fighter jets, the first publicly confirmed major arms purchase since Chancellor Olaf Scholz vowed to boost his country’s defense spending in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Chancellor Olaf Scholz spends on the defense of his country in Ukraine. The purchase of 35 US-made F-35A fighter jets is part of a larger context of significant changes in German defense strategy over the past three weeks.
The F-35 Lightning II is considered the most modern fighter jet in the world. The jet, made by US manufacturer Lockheed Martin, is considered more than just a fighter aircraft. It is essentially an armed computer with a jet engine that can network with other aircraft in the air as well as ground forces, processing thousands of pieces of information every second.
But is it the right jet for the Bundeswehr? Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) announced on Monday that Germany wants to buy 35 such weapons to replace the Tornado jets put into service more than 40 years ago, which, like the F-35, can carry American atomic bombs to their target.
“There are military reasons in favor of the F-35,” said Rafael Loss, a security expert at the think tank European Council on Foreign Relations. “If you have to deliver the nuclear bomb, you better do it with a stealth aircraft than with an aircraft that doesn’t have that capability,” he told DW.
“We need that lower radar signature and the ability to detect and engage targets at long range. And the F-35 can do that better than any other air combat system on the market right now.” ‘Reporting MSN’
Defense Secretary Christine Lambrecht later confirmed that the old Tornado fighter-bombers would be replaced by Lockheed Martin Co.’s F-35s. Lockheed Martin Co. Germany will buy 35 warplanes worth more than $100 million and 15 Eurofighters equipped with electronic warfare. , said a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, as part of unprecedented spending of 100 billion euros to modernize the German army.
Lockheed Martin-built F-35s will replace the ten-year-old German Tornado fleet, media reports confirmed by a parliamentary source. A planned deal with Germany to build the aircraft is also bad news for US aviation giant Boeing, whose F-18 fighter jets were seen as the forerunner to replace Germany’s ten-year-old Tornado fleet.
Today’s official announcement put an end to years of speculation about how Germany will choose to replace its old fleet of rotary-wing Tornado IDS attack aircraft, which sees several combinations of the Eurofighter Typhoon, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, and All F- 35A have been on the table at one time or another.
The Bundestag, the German parliament, went the other way and approved the purchase of thirty-eight Eurofighter Typhoons from European multinational Airbus in a €5.4 billion deal. Announcing the replacement, the country’s defense minister said that Germany is also upgrading its Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets for electronic warfare. ‘Reporting thedrive.com’
In fact, the German Air Force considers the Lightning II stealth aircraft to be a “universal” aircraft, and therefore the service plans to replace its ECRs flying with the 155th Group (Squadron) at Gedi Air Base with Lockheed Martin aircraft. F-35 Lightning. ST. LOUIS – Although Germany announced on Monday that it would buy fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, Boeing said it remained confident in the “next-generation capability” of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Germany plans to buy up to 35 US-made F-35s and 15 Eurofighters, a parliamentary source said Monday, as part of a major military modernization program in response to Russia’s invasion of Berlin. Ukraine. Known as the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), this aircraft is expected to replace French Rafale aircraft and German and Spanish Eurofighters by 2040.
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