According to information site Handelsblatt.com, based on an internal plan of the German Defense Ministry, Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer would have approved the acquisition of 90 Eurofighter Typhoons from the European manufacturer Airbus DS, as well as 45 Super Hornets from the American Boeing, to replace the 85 Panavia Tornado still in service with the Luftwaffe. This decision, which has not yet been announced publicly, would allow the German air force to align, in the long term, nearly 280 fighter planes, 45 more than foreseen in the previous plan. Unless the 90 Typhoons announced integrate the aircraft to replace the Eurofighter of tranche I which cannot evolve, and of which the replacement by Typhoon of unit IV has already been announced by Berlin.
Concretely, Berlin seems to have yielded to Washington, which had declared that it did not plan to carry the B61 gravitational nuclear bomb deployed in 5 NATO countries (Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey), on the European Typhoon aircraft. , as was the case in the 80s for the Tornado. To maintain some form of deterrence, and maintain its position in NATO, Berlin therefore agreed to choose the F / A 18 E / F Super Hornet, an American plane, even if the latter is not yet able to carry this ammunition. In addition, Berlin plans to hand over the electronic warfare and air defense suppression missions to 15 EA-18G Growlers, the electronic warfare version of the Super Hornet employed by the US Navy and Australia.
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