The German Ministry of Defence has sent a formal RFI for different fighter jets, but the German Air Force requirements lead to the JSF.

Lutwaffe German Air Force F-35 JSF
German Air Force looks at F-35 JSF

The Lutwaffe (German Air Force) is looking at an existing platforms to replace its Tornado fleet from 2025 to 2030 and according with the GAF requirements, the Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF seems to be the best candidate.

The chief of staff of the German Air Force Lt. Gen. Karl Muellner told to Jane's 360 that the Tornado replacement needs to be fifth-generation aircraft that cannot be easily detected by enemy radars and can engage targets from a long distance - We are considering several candidates, with the capability of the F-35 as the benchmark - he said.

That is why it is difficult to think of a candidate other than the aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The German Ministry of Defence has sent a formal RFI for F-15E and F/A-18E/F, both built by Boeing, and the Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 4.

Germany had previously engaged Airbus Defence and Space (DS) to evaluate the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme, but the early retirement of the Tornado forced the GAF to look at an already developed platform.

Lockheed CEO Marillyn Hewson told Reuters during a trip to Norway that the company is ready to work with the U.S. Government on discussions with Germany regarding the Tornado replacement effort.

Many German allies in Europe, including Norway, the Netherlands, UK, Italy, Turkey and Denmark have selected the F-35 and some countries have already received first jets.

Germany plans to replace 85 Tornado jets that are slated to retire around 2030.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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