There are sentences which, on their own, perfectly sum up a given situation. And when interviewed by the American Defense News site, Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, Chief of Staff of the Luftwaffe, says he hopes that the SCAF programs which bring together Germany, France and Spain, and Tempest, led by Great Britain with the participation of Italy and Sweden, will come together, in straight from NATO's SACEUR statements a few days ago, he is only saying out loud what many German officials are whispering, namely that cooperation with Great Britain and Italy, which gave in particular the Panavia Tornado and then the Eurofighter Typhoon, is much more natural and productive for Berlin that cooperation with Paris, perceived by many Germans as unbalanced and unsuited to the very needs of Germany. And when he adds that the Tempest program brings together all the criteria and all the capabilities expected beyond 2040 by the Luftwaffe, namely a hyper-connected platform capable of implementing drones in a digital environment, he does not than pushing down a door that is already wide open, namely that Germany's needs are much closer to those of Great Britain than to those of France.
Indeed, for the Luftwaffe, which, let us remember, will soon acquire 45 F / A 18 Super Hornets and E / A 18G Growler of electronic warfare for deep strike missions, removal of anti-aircraft defenses and participation in the NATO deterrence mission, the SCAF must first and foremost produce a successor to the Typhoon, namely an aircraft whose main mission is air superiority and interception. For France, on the other hand, it is a question of replacing the Rafale on the whole spectrum of its air missions, namely air superiority, close air support, penetration and elimination of enemy defenses, reconnaissance but also nuclear strikes, while potentially being on board the successor to the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. To summarize in a synthetic way, where the Luftwaffe expects from the SCAF an aircraft 70% dedicated to air superiority, and 30% to strike missions and annexes, i.e. substantially the same profile as the Tempest, France expects an aircraft to 25% dedicated to air superiority, 25% to strikes and ancillary missions, 25% to long-range strategic nuclear strikes, and 25% to on-board naval missions, i.e. an overlap rate of only 50% between the two notebooks charges.
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