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Germany favors Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado
BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025.
The ministry’s position appears to contradict that of the German air force, whose chief indicated last month that he preferred Lockheed Martin’s F-35, which meets the military’s requirements of stealth and long-distance operational capabilities. In a letter to a Greens lawmaker who had inquired about the deliberations, the ministry said the F-35 and Boeing’s F-15 and F-18 fighters were secondary options.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
It's all politics. The reason they don't want the F-35 is they're afraid it will damage the new fighter program that they announced.
originally posted by: FredT
The Luftwaffe may also be looking at F-15's and F/A-18's. Not sure if its serious or more for negotiating position
“A possible purchase of the Eurofighter would ensure the retention of military aircraft expertise in Germany and Europe, and value creation in our own country,” he said in the letter. “The weapons system has already been introduced to the Bundeswehr (armed forces) and is being successfully used.”