posted on May, 17 2017 @ 04:35 PM
a reply to: mightmight
I sign in on the UCAV part especially. As for MIC, I only know Airbus, Rheinmetall, Thyssen-Krupp and maybe Diehl from the top of my head. All of them
have their headquarters more up the north, afaik.
When you talk about BaWü and Bayern ("bavaria" for the english members), I can´t think of a big one but many different part suppliers. Oh Eurocopter
is based in Donauwörth and near Ulm. Can you name some if you happen to know?
I´d also put money on a united airforce for Europe. It´s been prepared in law and authority structures already so that for example a French general
could give commands to a German unit for example, if deployed together in a EU-mission. It only makes sense to cover not only sea and land, but also
the airforce when it comes to that. On the hardware side, we (I mean Germany) could not come up with a fighter programm alone financially,
It may be a risk to use american F-35 in terms of reliance on a good partnership with the USA, but let´s be honest here again, they have us by the
Personally, I´d like to have the F-35 around, in our airforce. The mileage is not a big issue, as Germany is 19x smaller than the USA. We have the
support structure anyways because of the many US bases.
The question for me is, how neatly will it integrate with our systems, because that´s a key factor for the F-35. I don´t even mind the risk that our
allies will plant their own little doors they are deeply integrated in our systems but again, they (USA) have us by the balls, anyways.