Will Germany limit itself to 35 F-35As for its Luftwaffe?

Unsurprisingly, the German Chancellery has therefore announced, as part of its program to increase the strength of its armed forces, the acquisition of 35 F-35A combat aircraft from the American Lockheed-Martin to ensure the sharing mission. NATO nuclear power, of which Berlin is one of the 5 pillars with Ankara, Amsterdam, Brussels and Rome, alongside 15 electronic warfare devices and suppression of enemy anti-aircraft defenses Typhoon ECR from the European consortium Eurofighter bringing together Germany, the Spain, Italy and Great Britain, in order to replace the Tornado ECR which ensured this mission until now. Beyond signing the end of the production of the F/A…

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will discuss the F-35 in Washington next week

Although no official announcement has yet been made on this subject by the new management team in Berlin, it does seem, in view of the numerous converging indiscretions obtained by various press sources in the country, that Germany is heading every day more towards the acquisition of a small fleet of American F-35As to replace its obsolete Tornado to carry out NATO's nuclear sharing mission. And according to a dispatch from the Reuters agency, the subject will even be discussed no later than next week by Olaf Scholz with his American counterpart during the Chancellor's visit...

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Germany wants to assess the interest of the F-35 to replace its Tornado

“Oh, What a Surprise” will say the most cynical. According to the German site Die Zeit, the new Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht has indeed undertaken to reconsider the decision of the one who preceded her in the function, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who had in 2020 arbitrated in favor of the acquisition of 30 Boeing F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet fighter bombers and 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft to replace the Tornado dedicated to NATO's shared nuclear mission, and the Tornado ECR electronic warfare and suppression respectively opponent's anti-aircraft defences. According to the article, the German Minister, in agreement with the…

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Will the F-35 hypothesis reappear in Germany?

The new coalition in power in Germany yesterday published the coalition agreement which constitutes the global contract around which the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Liberals have agreed to govern the country together. The 177-page document covers many economic, social, environmental and international political aspects. Contrary to the general policy discourse presented by each new French government, this coalition agreement constitutes a firm commitment to which the coalition government has agreed and committed itself, and each paragraph, each word has been weighed in it. The defense dimension is naturally dealt with there, as is the European dimension of this…

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

At the beginning of the 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 Growlers to replace the Luftwaffe Tornado carrying out the missions attack, electronic warfare and defense suppression, as well as nuclear strike missions within the framework of NATO. Insofar as Berlin does not intend to abandon its role or the resulting status within NATO with regard to nuclear deterrence, despite the consequent limits of the exercise from an operational point of view, its decision and the distribution...

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German Super Hornet aboard a French aircraft carrier: what if ?

A few weeks ago, information from Germany seemed to indicate that the Luftwaffe could choose to replace its last Panavia Tornado fighter-bombers with a mixed fleet of 90 new Eurofighter Typhoons and 45 Super Hornets from the American Boeing. Very quickly, the information caused the German industrialists and unions to react, who see in this purchase of the Super Hornet a loss of earnings obviously for the German aeronautical industry. The news is all the more worrying as such a purchase would weaken Germany's political and industrial investment in the European SCAF program, conducted jointly with France and Spain, and intended to give birth to the NGF, a new…

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Lockheed starts seduction campaign to convince Germany to buy F-35

The replacement of the German Tornado seems to have become the point of focus of Lockheed and the US Air Force, which does not spare itself to try to seduce the government and the German public opinion, and this in spite of the announcements of the government in favor of an optimized Air-Ground version of the Typhoon. France, through the DGA, also took a position in favor of the European plane, warning Berlin that the choice of the F-35 could call into question the Franco-German collaboration concerning the new generation FCAS fighter. These positions are indicative of the intense lobbying initiated by the F-35 camp, which is counting on strong support from the Luftwaffe.…

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Germany fears Tornado availability collapses with withdrawal of Tornado from RAF

The Luftwaffe today uses nearly a hundred Tornado attack aircraft, built in the 80s by the Panavia consortium bringing together British, German and Italian industries. The Royal Air Force has announced that its own Tornado GR4 will be withdrawn from service before the end of the year, replaced by the Typhoon whose ground attack capabilities will have been increased, in particular thanks to the carriage of the Storm Shadow missile, and by the F35Bs now entering service with the Royal Air Force. The Luftwaffe, on the other hand, currently has no short-term plan to replace its Tornado, which it plans to extend at least until 2025,…

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German Tornado would no longer be able to participate in NATO missions

According to the German magazine Des Spiegel citing a Luftwaffe report, German Tornado planes would no longer be able to participate in NATO missions, and in particular nuclear missions. Since entering service with the Luftwaffe in 1982, German Tornadoes had the capability to carry the B61 gravitational nuclear bomb. According to this report, the devices would no longer be able to communicate with NATO communication infrastructures, and therefore to be integrated into the alliance's air system. This “leak” occurs in a particular context, while the Chief of Staff of the Luftwaffe, who had openly and insistently spoken out in favor of…

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