BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Cold War-era Tornado fighter jets of the German Air Force are now worthless to the operational needs of the NATO alliance according to a German defense ministry report.

The report clarified that the 4th generation swing-wing fighter in Luftwaffe service is no longer able to perform in line with existing and emerging requirements demanded of it by NATO due to old equipment – overall the aircraft is ‘completely outdated.’

Among the operational deficiencies cited were insufficient tap-proofing, no system to encrypt electronic communications and, surprisingly, no IFF (friend-foe detection) system.

Furthermore, the report concluded that in their current state (of obsolescence), Germany’s Tornados should ‘no longer participate in any NATO operation.’

At least 115 Tornado aircraft (both IDS and ECR models) are believed to still be in German Air Force service as of 2018.

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Daeshbags Sux
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Actually, there are crooked brasses on Lockheed payroll into Lüftwaffe, trying to push the govt into buying overexpensive failed F-35.
Don’t look further. Tornados can be upgraded and are likely to be pushed until 2030-2035, just like other aircraft from the same era, e.g. F-16, Mirage-2000, Su-27, etc.
They are bomb-trucks to be compared to (older) Su-24 in their function and will simply be replaced by last Typhoon’s version progressively as Typhoon is no more limited to air superiority and when it comes to deep penetration, the work on German-French 6t gen aircraft has begun.

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The NATO should downgrade its demands then. The military should stop demanding new too exopensive US toys. The Tornados can be upgraded cost efficient..

p.s. 90% of Germans do not feel threatened from Russia. So the military cannot have the new toys. Government mus keep saving.
Else the government is sacked by the people.