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
The Luftwaffe is looking at them, but doesnt mean anything. The wishes of the Luftwaffe are irrelevant, the political leadership of Ministry of
Defense already made their positions clear.
It will be the Eurofighter, due to political considerations (jobs / european partnership). Everything else is just the current Chief of the Luftwaffe
sticking his head too far out. Karl Müllner 61 years old, looking at retirement in the near future...
Purchasing more (upgraded) Eurofighters instead of F-35s would be a popular move btw. The F-35 has a particular bad reputation in Germany because of
biased and/or clueless media reporting while the Eurofighter enjoys great popularity - also mostly due to biasd and/ or clueless media reporting. As
far as weapon systems are popular in Germany anyway, which they are not. A significant minority in Germany will actually oppose purchasing any new
fighter jets and most wont care anyway. But more jobs is always good, so it will sail thrrough on that.
A quick look at the military side, compared to the Eurofighter (especially the sad German version), the F-35 is obviously the better aircraft. But
that doesnt mean it would necessarily be the better option for the Luftwaffe.
Lets get real hear for a second, Germany wont bomb anyone in the near future.
Germany has not bombed anyone since 1999 when Luftwaffe Tornado ECR flew SEAD missions in the Kosovo War. The political climate has changed
dramatically since then, Germany would not commit to a similiar campaign today. It was only possible back then because a newly formed Red / Green
coalition was in power, they had to sort of bend the constitution and take extreme political risks anyway (the Goverment would have collapsed if the
Greeens had not voted in facvor of joining the war) to join the war effort. Since then, all relevant political parties in Germany have gone to great
lengths to not get caught up in another bombing campaign. An US airstrike in Afghanistan ordered by a German Colonel which killed over 100 civilians
in 2009 further solidified this position.
In consequence Germany didnt send any fighter aircraft to Afghanistan, participated in the Lybian aerial campaign and even refrained from bombing
So the point is, who cares if the Luftwaffe gets F-35 or Eurofighters. They wont use them to bomb someone anyway. Let alone using stealth aircraft in
a first hour / first day scenario against a near peer opponent.
On top of that, looking at the logistical side, a one type fighter fleet has its benefits. Readiness rates of the Luftwaffe are disasterous atm,
purchasing another fighter jet in rather low numbers wont change that. Focussing entirely on the Eurofighter might. Plus there are older Flight 1
Eurofighters in service which need to be replaced too, so maybe it wont be so bad after all.
edit on 13-12-2017 by mightmight because: (no