Germany joins F-35 club

Germany has announced it will buy 35 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

FILE PHOTO (2021): Four Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft on Exercise Red Flag Alaska 21-3.

F-35 Program Executive Officer Lieutenant General Michael Schmidt congratulated Germany on procuring the F-35A.

“Germany is the ninth foreign-military-sales country to join the program,” Lieutenant General Schmidt said.

“We look forward to working with them to deliver the F-35 Air System to meet their national-defence requirements.”

The agreement includes a comprehensive package of engines, role-specific mission equipment, spare and replacement parts, technical and logistic support, training and armament.

“It is an honor to formally welcome Germany to the F-35 Lightning II Program.”

Lockheed Martin’s vice president and general manager of the F-35 program Bridget Lauderdale said Germany’s participation would ensure the F-35’s European alliance would continue to strengthen and grow through interoperability with NATO and allied nations.

“Lockheed Martin has been a committed partner to the Bundeswehr for more than 50 years, and the F-35 opens another chapter of supporting Germany’s interests for national and European security,” she said.

“By the 2030s, it is expected that more than 550 F-35s will work together from more than 10 European countries, including two full US F-35 squadrons at RAF Lakenheath.”

To date, the F-35 operates from 26 bases worldwide, with nine nations operating F-35s on their home soil.

There are more than 875 F-35s in service today, with more than 1,845 pilots and 13,350 maintainers trained on the aircraft.





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One thought on “Germany joins F-35 club

  • 18/12/2022 at 2:40 pm

    It’s not like the Germans have a choice in buying advanced technology.
    The Industrial output of the E.U. is nose diving and accelerating due to it’s disastrous sanctions against Russia Energy.
    They’ll be lucky to make saucepans in 2024.

    Of course, there are the 3 Rules of N.A.T.O.
    Keep the Germans down.
    Keep the Americans in.
    Keep the Russians out.

    Neutrality for Australia.




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