As expected, the F35 strikes back in Germany to replace the Tornado

Earlier this week, German authorities confirmed that they wanted to acquire 60 Typhoon fighter planes as well as 30 F/A 18 E/F Super Hornets and 15 EA 18 G Growler to replace the Tornado of the Luftwaffe ensuring the missions of attack, electronic warfare and suppression of the air defenses, as well as the nuclear strike missions within the framework of NATO. Insofar as Berlin does not plan to abandon its role or the status which ensues within NATO with regard to nuclear deterrence, despite the consequent limits of the exercise from an operational point of view , this decision and the distribution between German and American planes was self-evident.

In February 2019, Berlin announced that it would retain only two aircrafts for its tender, namely the Typhoon of Airbus DS and the F18 of Boeing, effectively eliminating the Lockheed F35A, yet favorites of the Luftwaffe and NATO. In this case, it was above all political and industrial pressure from Airbus, but also the reservations backed by Paris against the F35, which sealed the fate of Lockheed's plane. In the German and French aeronautical industrial circles, the F35is indeed perceived as a tool designed above all to kneel the European military aeronautical industry, as well as an existential threat against the Franco-German 6th generation combat aircraft SCAF program . Whether the arguments presented are true or not now hardly matters any more than the actual or assumed performance of the F35 , since the German decision is made today.

The EA18 G Growler is the only electronic warfare fighter in service in the West with the Luftwaffe Tornado ECR

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