Spiegel: The Federal Ministry Of Defence (Germany) Wants To Buy 45 Fighters From The US Without Approval From The Coalition
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to buy 45 F-18 fighters from the American manufacturer Boeing, she wrote in a letter to the head of the Pentagon Mark Esper. This information was distributed on Sunday on its website by the weekly Der Spiegel, citing its sources.
The option in which Germany would buy fighters from the United States to replace the aging Tornado has been discussed for several years. Such plans were hatched under the previous head of the German defense Ministry, Ursula von der Leyen.
Representatives of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) were skeptical-they insisted that the contract be concluded not only with Boeing but also with the largest European manufacturer Airbus, which is ready to deliver Eurofighter fighters.
Von der Leyen at one time was ready to accept the terms of the partners in the ruling coalition. Kramp-Karrenbauer, as stated in the article, did not achieve the consent of the social Democrats, and now this may become the cause of internal political differences. The SPD regarded the Minister's actions as a provocation, the newspaper writes.
Of the batch of fighters in question, 30 are of the Superhornet type - they are theoretically capable of carrying American nuclear warheads placed at a German test site near the village of Buchel, the article says.