09 Nov '17, 6pm

German Air Force hints at preference for F-35

COLOGNE, Germany — German Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Karl Muellner has appeared to make a new push for the F-35 fighter jet to replace the country’s aging Tornado aircraft in the mid-2020s. Speaking at an industry conference in Berlin on Wednesday and in an interview with Reuters that day, Muellner said his service needs a stealthy fifth-generation fighter capable of attacking targets from far away — a description closely resembling the advertised features of Lockheed Martin’s F-35. The Air Force is known to favor the F-35 over three other contenders — the F-15E, the F-18 and an upgraded Eurofigher — and Muellner previously has been even more explicit about his desire to get the jets, according to experts in Germany. Advocates believe the F-35 could quickly meet Germany’s requirements — including the need to carry U.S. nuclear bombs under NATO’s extended deterrence umbrella ...

Full article: https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2017/11/09/germ...

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