Germany to buy US F-35 jets in the wake of present Russian Invasion
By TOI Team March 15, 2022 Update on : March 15, 2022
Germany has announced the acquisition of 35 F-35A fighter fighters manufactured in the United States, the first large arms purchase officially acknowledged since Chancellor Olaf Scholz vowed to increase defense expenditure in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Monday that Germany will update its Eurofighter Typhoon fighter planes for electronic warfare, a capability that the Tornado fighters already have.
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She stated that the Eurofighter will be phased out beginning in 2040 in favor of the Future Combat Air System, or FCAS, which is being built in collaboration with France and Spain.
Ingo Gerhartz, commander of Germany’s air force (Luftwaffe), stated that the Russian war in Ukraine necessitated the selection of Lockheed Martin’s F-35s.
The German military does not have nuclear weapons of its own, but as part of the Cold War nuclear deterrent system, it kept planes capable of delivering US nuclear bombs, some of which are stationed in Germany.
“We oppose providing the Bundeswehr [German army] with new, nuclear-capable combat planes,” Ali al-Dailami, the party’s deputy defense spokesperson, stated.
He cautioned that arming German pilots to launch US nuclear bombs would “increase the possibility of nuclear war in Europe.”
Lambrecht argued that the program was not in jeopardy, stating that the Eurofighter will be phased out by 2040 in favor of the FCAS. She went on to say that she had just recently reconfirmed Berlin’s commitment to the project with her French counterpart.