No Eurofighters for Ukraine, quietly they’ll be sold to the Saudi

The narrative of Western nations supplying arms to Kyiv, including tanks, with promises of fighter jets, continues to unfold. Yet, there’s an intriguing twist in the tale. As per the German news source, Bild, Germany – initially slated to provide Eurofighter jets to Ukraine – is now subtly shifting its sales strategy towards Saudi Arabia, stirring controversy in the political sphere. 

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Bild points to growing friction between Ukraine and its Western allies, fuelled by the reluctance of the latter to provide military aircraft. Germany, despite having a fleet of approximately 140 Eurofighter jets, has chosen not to deliver aircraft or even train Ukrainian pilots, exacerbating the tensions. 

The plot thickens as Germany’s federal government discreetly plans to export nearly 50 Eurofighters to Saudi Arabia. The affluent nation’s ability to pay handsomely for the jets contrasts with Ukraine’s economic struggles. Anton Hofreiter, the Green Party leader, has openly criticized the Scholz government’s decision, stating, “We cannot deny Ukraine arms while simultaneously supplying dictatorships and autocracies with advanced weaponry.” 

Interestingly, Germany isn’t the only NATO nation to deny fighter jets to Kyiv. Bild provocatively questions, “Could it be that the West doesn’t want Ukraine to win this war?” The authors, however, seem to overlook the potential impact on the German economy of continuous aid to Ukraine.

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Ukraine affects the German economy

The war in Ukraine has led to economic sanctions being imposed on Russia by the European Union and the United States. Germany, one of Russia’s largest trading partners, has been hit hard by these sanctions. The German economy relies heavily on exports, and the sanctions have led to a decrease in demand for German goods from Russia.

Additionally, the war in Ukraine has led to a decrease in foreign investment in the region. This has had a negative impact on the German economy, as many German companies have investments in Ukraine and the surrounding areas. The instability in the region has made it difficult for these companies to operate effectively, leading to a decrease in profits and a decrease in economic growth.

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The war in Ukraine has also led to an increase in military spending by Germany and other NATO countries. This increase in spending has diverted funds away from other areas of the economy, such as education and healthcare. This has had a negative impact on the overall health of the German economy, as these areas are important for long-term economic growth.

Finally, the war in Ukraine has led to a decrease in consumer confidence in Germany. The uncertainty surrounding the conflict has made consumers hesitant to spend money, leading to a decrease in demand for goods and services. This has harmed the German economy, as consumer spending is a key driver of economic growth.

About Eurofighter Typhoon

Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multi-role fighter aircraft designed and built by a consortium of European aerospace manufacturers, which includes Airbus, BAE Systems, and Leonardo.

The aircraft has a length of 15.96 meters, a wingspan of 10.95 meters, and a height of 5.28 meters. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 23,500 kg and can carry a maximum external load of 7,500 kg.

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The Eurofighter Typhoon is powered by two Eurojet EJ200 after-burning turbofan engines, which provide a maximum thrust of 90 kN each. The aircraft has a maximum speed of Mach 2.0+ at high altitudes and a range of over 3,790 km.

The aircraft is equipped with a wide range of advanced avionics and weapons systems, including mechanically scanned radar, an electronic warfare suite, a helmet-mounted display, and a variety of air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles and bombs.

The Eurofighter Typhoon has a highly maneuverable aerodynamic design, which allows it to perform a wide range of combat missions, including air superiority, ground attack, and reconnaissance. It is widely regarded as one of the most advanced and capable fighter aircraft in the world today.

Eurofighter or F-16?

When it comes to determining which aircraft is better for the Ukrainian offensive, it’s important to consider the specific needs and capabilities of the Ukrainian military. Both the Eurofighter and F-16 are advanced fighter jets with impressive capabilities, but they differ in several key areas.

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One of the main advantages of the Eurofighter is its advanced maneuverability. This aircraft is designed to be highly agile and responsive, making it well-suited for air-to-air combat. It also has a powerful engine and advanced avionics, which allow it to fly at high speeds and altitudes.

On the other hand, the F-16 is known for its versatility and adaptability. This aircraft can be configured for a wide range of missions, including air-to-air combat, ground attacks, and reconnaissance. It also has a proven track record of success in combat situations, having been used extensively by the US military and other air forces around the world.

Ultimately, the decision of which aircraft is better for the Ukrainian offensive will depend on a variety of factors, including the specific objectives of the mission, the terrain and weather conditions in the area of operation, and the capabilities and experience of the pilots and support personnel involved. It’s also worth noting that other factors, such as cost and availability, may play a role in the decision-making process as well.

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