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

Earlier this week, the 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 defenses, as well as nuclear strike missions within the framework of NATO. Insofar as Berlin does not envisage giving up its role or the status which ensues from it within NATO concerning nuclear deterrence, and this despite the consequent limits of the exercise from an operational point of view, its decision and the distribution between German and American aircraft was self-evident.

In February 2019, Berlin announced that it would retain only two aircraft for its tender, namely the Airbus DS Typhoon and the Boeing F18, effectively eliminating the Lockheed F35A, which was a favorite of the Luftwaffe and NATO. In this case, it was above all the political and industrial pressures from Airbus, but also the strong reservations of Paris against the F35, which sealed the fate of Lockheed's plane. In German as well as French aeronautical industrial circles, the F35 is indeed perceived as a device designed above all to bring the European military aviation industry to its knees, as well as as an existential threat against the Franco-German SCAF program of 6th generation combat aircraft. Whether the arguments presented are true or not matters little from now on, nor 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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