The German Air Force has issued a formal request for information about the F-35, as well as three other jets with the F-35 being their ‘preference’.
The other jets are the F-15 and F/A-18E/F.
Germany is replacing its 85 Tornado jets, which will go out of service around 2030.
“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.”
Based on these requirements, it’s hard to see any alternative to Lockheed Martin’s F-35. The Luftwaffe would be able to benefit from expanding infrastructure to support the jets in Europe.