Germany is ready to purchase 45 F-18 fighters from the USA
BERLIN, (BM) – A letter stating that Germany is ready to buy 45 Boeing F-18 fighter jets from the US, sent German Secretary of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to Pentagon CEO Mark Esper, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Der Spiegel.
The question of replacing the Tornado fighter with the F-18s in Germany was raised by the previous German Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen.
However, her proposal was criticized by the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). They insisted that the purchase of fighters should be carried out not only from Boeing, but also from the European Airbus, which produces Eurofighter aircraft.
Unlike his predecessor, Kramp-Karrenbauer does not agree to make concessions to the Social Democrats and, despite their disagreement, conclude a contract with Boeing. Representatives of the SPD believe that such actions by the minister are a provocation.
It is also reported that among the planned to purchase aircraft, 30 are a modification of the Super Hornet. It is believed that they can be armed with American nuclear warheads, which are located at a training ground near the settlement of Buchel.
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