According to the information site Handelsblatt.com , based on an internal plan of the German Ministry of Defense, Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer would have approved the acquisition of 90 Eurofighter Typhoon from the European manufacturer Airbus DS, as well as 45 Super Hornet planes from the American Boeing, to replace the 85 Panavia Tornado still in service in the Luftwaffe. The move, which has yet to be announced publicly, would allow the German air force to eventually line up nearly 280 fighter jets, 45 more than the previous plan had planned. Unless the 90 Typhoons announced include the aircrafts to replace the Eurofighter of tranche I which cannot evolve, and whose the replacement by Typhoon of tranche IV has already been announced by Berlin.
Concretely, Berlin seems to have yielded to Washington, which had declared not to plan to carry the gravitational nuclear bomb B61 deployed in 5 countries of NATO (Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey), on the European apparatus Typhoon , 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 currently able to take this ammunition either. In addition, Berlin plans to assign electronic warfare and air defense suppression missions to 15 EA-18G Growler, the electronic warfare version of the Super Hornet used by the US Navy and Australia.
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