Berlin has been reviewing its alternatives for updating the German military forces, and especially the F-35 as a substitute for its Tornado fighter jets.
However, their concluding verdict may not come down to the military competencies of the aircraft, as political pressure rises from the United States.
Christian Mölling, deputy director at the German Council on Foreign Relations, remarked on the matter, stating: “If it was just technical, this Tornado replacement programme would not be an issue.”
“But right now, everything is political between Germany and the United States.”
As per reports, the US is hunting to get Germany to purchase American military tools.
Johnny Michael, a spokesperson for the US Defence Department, stated: “The US government is actively engaged with the German Ministry of Defence to identify the requirements for its Tornado replacement programme.”
“The German Tornado replacement programme is a sovereign national decision. We believe that a US platform proves the most advanced, operationally capable aircraft to conduct their mission.”
US President Donald Trump has formerly remained victorious in influencing Japan, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea to acquire American military products.
The US head has acknowledged Germany as one of the countries that require increasing its military expenditure.
Lockheed Martin, a big contestant in the US defence zone, would be set to take advantage of Germany’s impending acquisition of F-35 fighter jets.
Germany has limited its list of suitable aircraft to 4 models, and one of them is Lockheed Martin’s F-35.
The other models comprise the Boeing F-15 Strike Eagle, the F/A 18 Super Hornets and the Eurofighter Typhoon.
The preference of Germany’s latest military jet has been a fiercely challenged political matter, and prestigious German military facts were admonished not to illustrate any preference in the direction of F-35.
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