Earlier in the year, German defence ministry sources appeared to favour the F-35 to replace Tornado but now some have spoken out in favour of Typhoon.
Germany, which is looking to replace its aging Tornado jets, is due to decide in mid-2018 about whether to start a new fighter development programme or buy an existing fighter.
Deputy Defence Minister Ralf Brauksiepe clarified that the government views the Eurofighter as the “primary” option for replacing the fleet of Tornado jets in 2025.
According to Reuters, the F-15E, the F/A-18E/F and the F-35 are considered only as “secondary choices”.
Back in November we reported that the F-35 is the “preferred” choice the list of aircraft the Luftwaffe is looking at according to a senior service official speaking anonymously under the Chatham House Rule, who told Jane’s 360:
“The Tornado replacement needs to be fifth-generation aircraft that can be detected as late as possible, if at all. It must be able to identify targets from a long way off and to target them as soon as possible. The German Ministry of Defence is looking at several aircraft today, including the F-35 – it is commercially available already, has been ordered by many nations and is being introduced into service today, and has most of the capabilities required.”
German officials are expected to request formal bids next year.