Lockheed Martin’s vice president for Europe, Jonathan Hoyle, predicted in his interview with The Financial Times that Germany’s decision to waive the F-35 stealth fighter jet as a possible replacement for its ageing Tornados could hamper its ability to operate at the same level as NATO.

He revealed that the choice to consider buying either Airbus-made Eurofighters or F-18s from another US-based corporation, Boeing, had caught a lot of governments “on the hop”. According to the top-manager, the move puzzled other European governments when it came to “Germany’s position going forward” as well as what it means for NATO. He cited several ambassadors who had voiced “disappointment” and noted that “Germany, which has the biggest defence budget, has just taken this retrograde step and isn’t going to be there”.

“So when we go off and collaborate together operationally, if you are flying stealth, fifth-generation jets, you don’t want a fourth-generation jet in the middle of your operations because everyone can see that”, he claimed, pointing out that other allies had invested in Lockheed Martin’s latest technology, opting for the F-35.

Despite the setback in Germany, Lockheed Martin’s vice president referred to Europe as a key area of growth; notably, Poland has vowed to spend two percent of its GDP on defence and is expected to develop into a regional hub for the company.

Earlier this year, numerous reports, citing officials from the country’s Defence Ministry, said that the German Armed Forces, Bundeswehr, had decided against buying Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth combat aircraft, which is capable of performing both ground attacks and air missions. Berlin is expected to choose between US-based Boeing’s F/A-18 jets or Eurofighters produced by European giant Airbus, as Germany pursues its plan to replace its ageing Tornados, which entered service with the German Air Force in 1983.

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The country’s government wants to adhere to NATO’s nuclear weapon obligations despite plans to replace the Tornado jets, which currently fulfil this function, earlier reports suggested. The air force has stationed about 45 Tornado aircraft, designed to carry American nuclear bombs in the event of a crisis, at a key air base in Büchel, while the country’s other aircraft are incapable of fulfilling such tasks.

Over the past two years, the European powerhouse has come under fire from US President Donald Trump, as it still does not meet NATO’s defence spending target. Although Germany is raising their military expenditures, it remains far behind the two percent target level set in an agreement between member states in 2014.

 

 

Source: Sputnik

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The Germans are excellent engineers and can spot a lemon from a transatlantic distance. And why not support local manufacturers for the Euro-Fighter? Or even the alternative American F-18s which are proven, debugged fighters more than adequate to handle the non-existent threat from short-distance away Russia, the latter, who in any case, are having demographic and economic issues.

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Pougnetta! “If I do not keep that F-22 fleet viable, the F-35 fleet frankly will be irrelevant. The F-35 is not built as an air superiority platform. It needs the F-22” – Gen. Michael Hostage, boss of USAF Air Combat Command Gen. Michael Hostage even added he needed 8 F-35 to do the job of two F-22 Pentagon SPOX even said that F-35 needed to be escorted by F-22, Typhoon and Rafale. USAF knows very well that F-35 is a lemon for air superiority and that many systems are not working correctly. Last USAF 5 years procurement plan even proposes… Read more »

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Active stealth – Kicked F-22s b**t – First into Libya due to SAM defenses…

Hahahaha-oooo-hahahahahaha! Hilarious, dude… Simply hilarious.
Anything “active” about Rafale stealth is detectable – From a LONG ways away. And its called ECMs, in the form of receivers and jammers, and EVERYBODY’S got that capability these days, its the only way to survive, particularly for a baby fighter like Rafale.

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als obama nog president zou zijn ,dan hadden de duitsers de jsf wel gekocht,dit is merkels haat tegen trump

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Surely not. Germany doesn’t buys from Lockheed any more since the F-104 bribes scandal. In fact, they totally stopped buying US aircraft, since they build their own.

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Nevertheless, Trump is right about the 2% of GDP to be spent in the military.
But it’s also high time we build an EU-Army.
With 2% of GDP, this would mean a $375B mil budget, since we’re not dilapidating $450B in a ridiculous array of 800-1000 overseas bases while we can build aircraft carriers for 5x cheaper than USA, LHDs for 6x cheaper, SSBN/SSGN for the price of an US SSN, SSNs for 2.5x cheaper, stealth fighter jets for half the price, well, we’ll be able to rule the seas instead of US-Navy
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DIG JEWS, DIG DEEPER THE BUNKER
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And hide whatever Jews want cos your status already sealed by the thinker. But how about hide from the sun when its lava arrow coming down like machine gun.

WHY? COS THE DEMON WANT TO SEE IT.
Other share out the topic about the thinker in Facebook, instagram, Twitter and YouTube, so the world aware, why they need to keep a distance when sun lava arrow coming down like machine gun for 2nd moon survival.

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VENEZUELA
Support the ruling govt cos who force the people pay debt before allowed to eat 3 meal perday is IMF and World bank that now supporting the leader of opposition.

That mean fate of the people will never change even the govt overthrown. And the only way to help Venezuela now sit with Russia and China.
Cos only them could convert all those loan with IMF and World bank into loan repayment by oil. The only way to end the people misery that paying neverending debt.

KICK OUT JEWS OR WOLF OF WALLSTREET FROM VENEZUELA

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