The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) appears to prefer the Lockheed Martin F-35 fifth-generation fighter as replacement for its three decade old Tornados.
The Luftwaffe wants to replace its fleet of 85 Panavia Tornados procured in the 1980s, with ‘fifth-generation aircraft to meet the full spectrum of our needs,” Lt. Gen. Karl Muellner of the Luftwaffe was quoted as saying to Reuters yesterday. The next fighter plane needs to be “low-observable, and able to identify and strike targets from a distance,” Muellner said.
Last month, the German MoD issued requests for information (RFIs) on the F-35 (Lockheed Martin), F-15, F/A-18 (Boeing) and the Typhoon (Eurofighter consortium) seeking information about a new fighter to enter service in 2025.
The features mentioned in Muellner’s statement refer most closely to the Lockheed Martin F-35 from the list of aircraft in the Luftwaffe's contention. Despite continuing teething problems, the F-35 is seen as the most advanced fighter jet in the world.
Earlier in May the German MoD had sent a a letter to the US government requesting classified information on the F-35 program to help Berlin conduct an “an in-depth evaluation.”
Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Italy, Turkey and the UK have already signed on as F-35 customer-partners. Germany and Spain are possible future F-35 program customers.
The United States is considering selling F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates, which the Gulf country has been seeking for years. On November 4, Defense News reported that experts and insiders had made clear that the UAE had a continued desire to buy F-35s, in spite of the United States repeated rejections of its requests
Lockheed Martin recently delivered F-35 Full Mission Simulators (FMS) to the Israeli, Italian, Japanese and Norwegian Air Forces – the first-ever deliveries to international F-35 operators. The simulators are critical components of the pilot training capability at F-35 operating bases in these four countries, where they will facilitate pilot qualification training, continuation training and mission rehearsal training
The Royal Norwegian Air Force has taken delivery of the first three F-35 Lightning II aircraft on November 3, for the deployment at Ørland Air Base. “Receiving the first three aircraft is a major milestone for Norway
A South Korean opposition lawmaker has claimed that the US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin secured 7.3 trillion won ($6
France and Germany could develop a future European fighter jet to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Dassault Rafale. The fighter program could expand from the current Anglo-French combat drone program
The German Air Force has requested for classified data regarding Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet for evaluation of possible solutions to replace its aging Tornado multi-role combat aircraft. The application states that the German defense ministry would carry out an in-depth evaluation of market available solutions including the F-35, later this year
The German Defense Ministry has said that Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighters as a front runner in its bid to replace aging Tonado jets. In a letter to a Greens lawmaker, the Lockheed Martin F-35 and Boeing F-15 and F-18 were secondary options, the ministry statement was quoted by
Norway became the first foreign nation to receive the delivery of Block 3F mission data from US Air Forces 53rd Electronic Warfare Groups Partner Support Complex last week. “Our software provides the Norwegian F-35 an unprecedented precision attack capability – a crucial element to maintaining peace,” Robert Kraus, F-35 PSC director said in a statement Wednesday
A full scale durability test airframe of the F-35A aircraft has successfully completed its third life testing, equivalent to 24,000 hours of 'flying', in BAE Systems site in Brough, United Kingdom. The F-35A durability test airframe will now leave the rig and travel to the United States where it will undergo further detailed inspections
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