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Berlin to buy F-35s for the air force

Washington must be satisfied with its crown colony, the Federal Republic of Germany. Everything the German government is now putting in place in response to the Ukrainian crisis, has rewarded Uncle Sam handsomely.

Published: March 18, 2022, 9:29 am

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    First, Chancellor Scholz, after instructions from US President Biden, blocked the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2, which had been hard-fought for years and was supposed to secure energy supplies for Germany and Europe. As a result, expensive American shale gas can now be sold to the Germans.

    The US is also getting a big slice of the 100-billion-armament pie. The German Air Force will be buying its new fighter planes directly from the Americans, instead of at least relying on a joint European project, as has been the case so far. Berlin has now decided on the American F-35 from Lockheed-Martin as the successor model to the aging Tornado.

    The F-35 is currently touted to be the most modern combat aircraft in the world and is suited to Germany’s so-called nuclear deterrence, a NATO concept in which allies have access to US nuclear bombs. Because of its special design and a special exterior coating, the F-35 is said to be difficult for enemy radar to detect.

    The plan is to buy up to 35 of the US fighter jets. Earlier plans by the Defence Ministry were to buy the American F-18, but it would have had to be certified first to transport the nuclear bombs stored in Germany. The F-35, on the other hand, is already certified for nuclear weapons and equipped for electronic warfare.

    Earlier concerns of the German government that the purchase of the F-35 could thwart the plans for the construction of a European “combat aircraft of the future” (FCAS/Future Combat Air System), which are being pursued jointly with France, suddenly no longer play a role in Berlin. Whether and how the European joint jet will go ahead is up in the air after the German government’s decision in favour of the F-35.

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