Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Is Germany About To Buy The F-35?

The Drive: Germany Might Join the F-35 Program

Officials in Berlin ask for more information on the Joint Strike Fighter as they try to replace their aging Tornado multi-role jets.

The German Air Force is reportedly looking for additional information about Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as it moves ahead with plans to replace its aging Panavia Tornado multi-role combat aircraft no later than 2035. The stealthy F-35 would be just one of multiple options Germany might consider as it looks to modernize its military in general.

In May 2017, Germany’s air arm, also known as the Luftwaffe, asked the U.S. military for classified data on the Joint Strike Fighter, according to a report by Reuters. The letter highlighted the fact that German government and military officials had not yet decided on any particular plan to buy new warplanes of any kind.

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More News On Germany's Interest In The F-35

Germany Asks U.S. for Classified Briefing on Lockheed's F-35 Fighter -- US News and World Report/Reuters
Germany Asks US for Classified Data on Lockheed's F-35 fighter -- Newsweek
Germany Asks U.S. for Classified Data on Lockheed Martin's F-35 -- The Street
Looking to Buy? Germany Seeks Classified F-35 Intelligence -- Sputnik

1 comment:

D.Plowman said...

All the big kids want to try out the new flavor... I think they'll be very disappointed.

It amazes me that this is being considered. Lockheed must either be very successful with their marketing behind the scenes (cause public opinion towards the F35 ain't popular) or this is more to do with political economics or... simply being blinded by how much of a bad deal the F35 is for any country to invest in.

My advice to Germany; invest heavily in the Rafale.