By John McPhaul, The Chicago Times
March 16, 2022
BERLIN – German Luftwaffe will purchase 35 F-35 fighter jets produced by U.S. based aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.
The Luftwaffe made the announcement shortly after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated Germany will rearm its military to counter possible Russian aggression. Olaf’s statement sent shockwaves across Europe, since Germany has tried to suppress its martial urges after its instigation of and defeat in two world wars. However, this is a new century, and a new Germany is ready to take on more responsibility in NATO.
According to the Luftwaffe, Germany’s current jet fighter, the Tornado, has been in service since the 1980s and is planned to be retired in the next ten years. The F-35 is slated to become the most dominant fighter jet present in the NATO arsenal. However, a Luftwaffe official said they plan to purchase an additional 15 Eurofighters from European based Airbus.
There was no comment when asked if any Boeing made F-18 fighter jets would be purchased.