The Ministry of defence of Germany intends to buy up to 93 combat aircraft Eurofighter and 45 Boeing F-18.
The Federal Ministry of defence intends to replace its aging combat aircraft Panavia Tornado in service with the air forces of Germany, modern fighters, Eurofighter Typhoon and Boeing F-18. Tuesday, April 21, the Agency informed the Bundestag about the project, which is estimated to cost billions of euros, according to dpa and Reuters, who will have the corresponding letter, reports DW .
According to this information, defense Minister Annegret Kramp-of Karrenbauer (Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer) plans to buy up to 93 aircraft Eurofighter and 45 Boeing F-18. “Eurofighter will soon have become the backbone of the air force,” – stated in the document.
The American planes will be purchased to allow access of the Bundeswehr with nuclear weapons of the United States. The concept of deterrence NATO suggests that in case of war the allies should have access to the American nuclear Arsenal, dpa points out. In the Bundeswehr are currently 226 combat aircraft, including 141 85 Eurofighter and Tornado. Germany is one of the last countries still using the aircraft Panavia Tornado, developed in 1970-ies.
Crump, Karrenbauer sent a letter to the head of the Pentagon
Informed of a possible purchase of dozens of American combat aircraft, Boeing announced the publication of Der Spiegel. According to him, crump-karrenbauer of April 16 sent an email to the Secretary of defense Mark Esper, which outlined the intentions of the Bundeswehr.
According to Spiegel Online, the crump of Karrenbauer not discussed the possible purchase of American combat aircraft with the leader of the faction of the Social democratic party of Germany (SPD) in the Bundestag Rolf Mutzenich (Rolf Mützenich), which opposes such deals. However, the Minister of defence of Germany consulted with the Minister for foreign Affairs Mas Heiko (Heiko Maas) and the Minister of Finance Holzem Olaf (Olaf Scholz), which represent the government of the SPD.