Germany has snubbed Lockheed Martin's F-35 joint strike fighter, knocking the American stealth fighter of out of a tender worth billions of euros
, the German Defense Ministry confirmed on Thursday. Germany's military is seeking to replace its aging Tornado warplanes, for which Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet and Airbus' NATO Eurofighter Typhoon remain contenders.
Should Germany go with the Eurofighter after announcing the F-35 out of the running, which was long rumored to have persistent mechanical software glitches, this could have huge geopolitical consequences considering current multiplying issues of contention between the US and Germany, not least of which goes to the heart of NATO strategic nuclear readiness
F-35 joint strike fighter, via Lockheed Martin
A final decision will be made pending delivery of detailed information from from Boeing and Airbus about their respective aircraft, which must be able to carry and deliver US nuclear weapons in accord with Germany's NATO obligations
, and which further must be certified by Washington to carry the nukes.
This presents a number of potential fault lines
that could crack open wide the US-German relationship, and with implications for broader NATO defense, especially related to
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