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Nukes Drive Germany's Plan To Replace Tornados With Typhoons, Super Hornets, and Growlers

Friday, March 27, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Joseph Trevithick  |  March 26, 2020  |  The Warzone Wire


The plan gives the German Air Force planes it can configure to carry American nuclear bombs and the most capable electronic warfare jet on the planet.

Germany is reportedly getting close to settling on split purchase of Eurofighter Typhoons and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers to replace its aging fleet of Panavia Tornado swing-wing combat jets. A key driving factor behind the compromise proposal is the need for the German Air Force to have an aircraft that could deliver American nuclear gravity bombs under a NATO agreement. It has become increasingly clear that the process for getting the Super Hornets certified to carry these weapons is significantly less complex than doing the same for the Typhoon. 

German media outlets first reported on the plan on Mar. 26, 2020, which German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has not yet formally approved. Under the proposal, Germany could purchase a total of up to 90 Typhoons and 30 F/A-18E/Fs and 15 EA-18Gs in the coming years. Of the 90 Typhoons, half would go toward replacing the Tornados while the other half would replace the oldest Eurofighters now in German service. At present, the German Air Force has around 93 Tornados and 141 Typhoons in inventory. READ MORE...

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