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DEUTSCHLAND: Ersatz für Tornado Jets infographic

Deutschland sucht einen Ersatz für die Tornados

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July 11, 2018 -- Deutschland muss sich entscheiden, welches Flugzeug die Flotte von 85 in die Jahre gekommenen Tornados ersetzen soll. Vier Modelle sind in der engeren Wahl , sie kämpfen um den lukrativen Auftrag – der Eurofighter Typhoon, FA-35 Lightning II, F15E Strike Eagle und F/A-18
Super Hornet.

The decision will be dictated by NATO’s nuclear deterrence doctrine known as “nuclear sharing” – under this policy, countries provide aircraft and pilots to deliver U.S. nuclear weapons. In the case of Germany, that capability is currently provided by the Tornado.

Certification to carry nuclear weapons is only granted by the U.S. and the Eurofighter is not certified to perform the role. Without a timely replacement, Germany may have to extend the life of some Tornado aircraft at great cost.

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