Germany decides in principle to buy F-35 fighter jet - government sources

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Germany decides in principle to buy F-35 fighter jet - government sources
A German defense source told Reuters in early February that Germany was leaning toward purchasing the F-35 but a final decision had not been taken.
By REUTERS
Published: MARCH 14, 2022

Germany will purchase F-35 fighter jets built by US firm Lockheed Martin to replace its aging Tornado aircraft, according to two government sources, with one of the sources saying Berlin aims to buy up to 35 of the stealth jets. A German defense source told Reuters in early February that Germany was leaning toward purchasing the F-35 but a final decision had not been taken. Read full story

The Tornado is the only German jet capable of carrying US nuclear bombs, stored in Germany, in case of a conflict. But the air force has been flying the jet since the 1980s, and Berlin is planning to phase it out between 2025 and 2030. The F-35 buy will be a blow for Boeing, whose F-18 was favored by former German defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to replace the Tornado.

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