German Defense Ministry intends to replace outdated combat aircraft Panavia Tornado, which are in service with the German Air Force, with modern fighters Eurofighter Typhoon and Boeing F-18. On Tuesday, April 21, the agency informed the Bundestag about the project, which is estimated to cost billions of euros, reports dpa and Reuters, which have a letter at their disposal.
According to this information, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer plans to purchase up to 93 Eurofighters and 45 Boeing F-18s. “Eurofighter should soon become the backbone of the air force,” the document says.
At the same time, American planes are planned to be purchased to enable the Bundeswehr to access U.S. nuclear weapons. The concept of NATO deterrence suggests that in case of war the allies should have access to the U.S. nuclear arsenal, the dpa further points out. The Bundeswehr is currently in service with 226 warplanes, including 141 Eurofighters and 85 Tornado. Germany is one of the last countries still using Tornado Panavia aircraft developed in 1970s.
Kramp-Karrenbauer sent a letter to the head of the Pentagon
Earlier Der Spiegel reported about the possible purchase of dozens of American combat aircraft Boeing. According to him, Kramp-Carrenbauer sent an e-mail to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on April 16, outlining the intentions of the Bundeswehr.
According to Spiegel Online, Kramp-Karenbauer did not discuss the possible purchase of U.S. combat aviation with the leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) faction in the Bundestag, Rolf Mützenich, who opposes such a deal. However, the German Defense Minister consulted with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who represent the SPD in the government.