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When U.S. Navy fighters dogfighted with the MiG-29 Fulcrum: remembering Exercise Agile Archer 2002
"Nothing can simulate the Fulcrum like a real Fulcrum. It was incredible to look across the BFM circle, see a real MiG-29 and hear the German pilot in his accent call `schlem' . The ability to fight against his jet, the Archer and HMS was awesome." The following article titled Agile Archer 2002: Training MiG Killers and written by Cdr. Nick...
“The Luftwaffe is at a low point,” German Air Force chief of staff says
A February defence ministry report showed only 39 of 128 Eurofighter jets were available for training and combat use last year on average, and just 26 of 93 older-model Tornado fighter jets Head of the German Air Force, Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz, told 200 industry executives, military officers and lawmakers at an event in Berlin at an event in Berlin...
Germany asked Pentagon on the possibility of certifying Eurofighter for nuclear role
U.S. government sources say that schedule is ambitious given that the F-35 and other aircraft must be certified first. Washington has suggested it could take 7-10 years to certify the Eurofighter for nuclear missions, well beyond the Tornado’s retirement date Reuters reports that the German defense ministry asked the Pentagon in April on the possibility of certifying the Eurofighter to...
Boeing offers EA-18G to Germany to replace Luftwaffe's Tornado ECR
The EA-18G is the only aircraft that can perform the dedicated electronic warfare (EW) and suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD) missions of the Tornado ECR Boeing is offering its EA-18G along with the F/A-18E/F to Germany for its Tornado replacement program. Boeing director for global sales for strike, surveillance, and mobility, Bryan Crutchfield, told Jane’s the EA-18G is well-suited to...
Luftwaffe Tornado fighter bombers lack updated encryption device for secure comms
The communication devices of the Tornado also do not meet current standards, meaning there’s a risk that information could be intercepted A report by Reuters says Luftwaffe (German Air Force) Tornado fighter-bombers might not be able to join NATO missions as the jets cannot communicate over encrypted channels. A defense ministry report seen by Reuters said it was not possible to...
German Air Force Chief fired for supporting F-35
Luftwaffe’s Chief active support of the F-35 clashes with current Ministry of Defence planning, which prefers a successor solution involving the Eurofighter Typhoon Jane’s says the head of Luftwaffe (German Air Force), Lt. Gen. Karl Müllner, will be leaving his post in May in large part due to his support for a German procurement of the F-35. The news of his...
Luftwaffe Senior Officer says the service next heavy-lift helicopter needs to have inflight refueling capability
So far, the CH-53K and CH-47 are seen as potential contenders. However, only the MH-47G has an inflight refueling capability Col Bernhard Martin, a senior Luftwaffe (German Air Force) officer, told Flight Global at Defence IQ International Military Helicopter conference in London on Jan. 31 that the next heavy-lift helicopter for the service needs to be inflight refueling capable. Martin says...
Germany should buy both Eurofighter and F-35 to replace Tornado fighter bombers
"One possible solution could be that the nuclear and conventional roles now both met by the Tornado could be split between a relatively small F-35 fleet and a larger Eurofighter fleet," Douglas Barrie, IISS Douglas Barrie of IISS says Germany needs the F-35 in order to fulfill the nuclear deterrence role under NATO as the Eurofighter is not certified to...
U.S. still hopes to sell its fighters to Germany as replacement for Luftwaffe Tornado strike aircraft
If the Eurofighter is chosen one key issue may be Germany’s need to provide NATO with aircraft capable to carry the primary U.S. nuclear bomb, the B61. The aircraft in fact would have to be adapted to carry the bomb and then certified, and Washington would have to sign off on the matter. An anonymous U.S. military official told Reuters...
Germany prefers Eurofighter over F-35 to replace its fleet of Tornado fighter bombers
German Defense Ministry's position contradicts that of the Luftwaffe which said it prefers F-35 over Eurofighter  According Reuters the German Defense Ministry said in a letter to a lawmaker that the Eurofighter is the preferred choice to replace the Tornado fighter-bomber. The ministry’s position appears to contradict that of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) which had indicated that its preference is...

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