Germany concludes a contract to purchase 35 American F-35 fighter jets

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In an agreement worth roughly 10 billion euros, Germany and the US Army agreed to buy 35 F-35 jets, as part of Berlin’s efforts to modernize its armed forces.

Germany has agreed to buy 35 F-35 fighter jets from the US Army, according to a statement from the US Embassy in Berlin. This agreement is part of Germany’s efforts to modernize its military.

The German government “has signed a contract with the US Air Force for the procurement of 35 F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft, which will be delivered between 2026 and 2029,” according to a statement from the embassy.”

And in March of last year, Berlin declared its plan to purchase 15 additional European Eurofighter combat aircraft in addition to 35 of these Lockheed Martin-produced jets, saying that these cutting-edge fighters would replace its current Tornado fighter fleet.

After discussing potential “delays and additional costs” for this deal, which has a value of about 10 billion euros, in a confidential letter it sent to the Parliament’s Budget Committee and later made public, the German Ministry of Defense expressed doubts and concerns about moving forward with the project at the beginning of December.

When the German Bundestag approved the deal on Wednesday, these uncertainties were allayed.

Other military transactions, such as the acquisition of machine guns, were also approved by the Bundestag, and they will be paid for out of a 100 billion euro special fund established during the Russian invasion of Ukraine with the goal of modernizing the German army.

As a “extremely important statement” that Parliament supports the German army, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht applauded the parliament’s adoption of these agreements.

“The German F-35 program will ensure that Germany continues to meet its duties to NATO and will ensure the alliance’s reliable deterrence capacity in the future,” the US embassy said in a statement.

In 2028, the German army is anticipated to get its first F-35 fighter.

The subject of replacing the outdated fleet of Tornado aircraft from the 1980s and 1990s with a total of 93 jets, some of which are damaged, has long been a source of political controversy in Germany.

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