According to German daily newspaper Der Spiegel , the German Minister of Defense, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, would have contacted his American counterpart Mark Esper directly, to inform him of the intention of her countryto acquire 30 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets and 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warplanes , to partially replace its Tornado fleet specializing in electronic warfare missions and the suppression of enemy anti-aircraft defenses, as well as those responsible for ensuring the permanence of NATO's nuclear deterrence by transporting the nuclear bomb B-61. According to many sources, it is this last point which led the German federal government to favor the Super Hornet of the American Boeing against the Typhoon of Airbus Defense & Space, the American authorities having announced that theadaptation of the Typhoon to implement the B61-12 bomb could not be considered before a decade at best.
In fact, once the choice of the F-18 was made to carry out nuclear missions for the benefit of NATO, the Luftwaffe had no choice but to increase the fleet of aircraft of this type to ensure a coherent volume of forces in terms of maintenance and implementation. This explains why: rather than equipping only 15 Super Hornets to form the German deterrent squadron, the fleet format was extended to 30 Super Hornets and 15 Growler, sacrificing the efforts of Airbus DS in the field of electronic warfare to develop its Typhoon ECR.
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