Germany has opted to purchase 35 Lockheed Martin F-35 warplanes and 15 Eurofighter Typhoons to strengthen its fighter planes after authorities indicated they had opted on Boeing F/A-18E/F fighters. The new jets will be used to modernize Germany’s Tornado interceptor aircraft line. The F-35s would be utilized for air supremacy and combat operations, while the Typhoons would be deployed for more specialized tasks like electronic assault and protection. Germany has already said that the new planes must be ready between 2025 and 2030. The Tornado fleet has been in service since the 1980s.
The sale’s parameters, such as the cost and completion schedules, were not released. According to Pentagon sources, the Germans will purchase the F-35A standard take-off and landing type of the plane. Russia’s assault of Ukraine triggered the increase in defense spending, which emphasized Germany’s recent weak defense commitments.
Lockheed’s F-35 stealthy fighters are regarded as the most advanced combat aircraft on the globe, and their distinctive design and covering make them difficult to spot by enemy targets. After decades of allegations that Germany was not shouldering enough about the economic burden in the NATO military alliance, Scholz also committed to spending “more than two percent” of Germany’s GDP on military each year, above NATO’s own two-percentage-point objective.
Groupings between the two major industry professionals, France’s Dassault and the pan-European Airbus, have slowed the project. Dassault CEO Eric Trappier stated recently that his business had removed its engineers from the initiative until it could reach an agreement with Airbus and Spain’s Indra on the next stages. Lambrecht argued that the program was not in jeopardy, stating that the Eurofighter will be phased out by 2040 in favor of the FCAS. She went on to say that she had just recently reiterated Berlin’s support for the project with her French equivalent.
The German military does not have nuclear weapons within itself, but as part of the Cold War nuclear deterrent system, it had planes capable of providing US nuclear warheads, some of which were deployed in Germany. Nevertheless, Germany recommits to the FCAS program, as per a statement from the German Defense Ministry. Lambrecht stated that she informed her French equivalent, Florence Parly, of the F-35 determination during a March 9 visit to Evreux Air Base in northern France, where the two nations operate a combined air-transportation unit based on C-130J airplanes.