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German Air Force faced a problem: it was not easy to replace the Tornado

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The leadership of the Luftwaffe and the German Defense Ministry are thinking about which European or American aircraft should replace the Panavia Tornado fighter-bombers that are in service with the Air Force, reports bmpd with reference to an expert of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (International Institute for Strategic Studies, IISS).


German Air Force faced a problem: it was not easy to replace the Tornado


“Instead of wondering what kind of aircraft is needed, it would be more useful to ask what role the aircraft should play. In the Luftwaffe, Tornado can act as a carrier of both conventional and nuclear weapons. The possibility of a nuclear strike is achieved by equipping the aircraft with an American nuclear bomb B61. If Germany intends to continue to perform this task within the framework of NATO, then whatever aircraft is chosen to replace the Tornado, it must also be a carrier of nuclear weapons, ”the expert writes.

According to him, another type of combat aircraft in the Luftwaffe, the Eurofighter Typhoon, currently cannot carry nuclear weapons.

“At the beginning of the development of the Eurofighter aircraft, there was a discussion on this topic, but it didn’t go further than words. The development of this feature for Eurofighter Typhoon is possible, but it will cost a lot, ”the author notes.

In addition, according to officials, "the required certification process will take more than seven years." Even if certification starts immediately, it makes it difficult to fulfill the plan of the Luftwaffe: they want to start replacing the Tornado in 2025 year, and these aircraft will be removed from the Air Force until 2030 year.

“German Tornado aircraft are part of NATO’s nuclear deterrence strategy. If a nuclear weapon remains a free-fall bomb, the task of hitting a target, safely protected by advanced air defense, is not easy. In such situations, the greatest chance to perform the task appears precisely from the inconspicuous aircraft, ”the author concludes.
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  1. Rusland
    Rusland 9 January 2018 13: 13
    13
    They think, and come up with them.
    1. Shura Perm
      Shura Perm 9 January 2018 13: 16
      +6
      the owners decide ... and the serfs do not need to think, let the horse think, she has a big head ...
    2. Chertt
      Chertt 9 January 2018 14: 55
      +2
      Quote: Rusland
      They think, and come up with them

      The Bundes, increasingly about the Common European Army (read the Fourth Reich) remember. Of course with a pitchfork on the water ..... but the world is so strange, I’m not surprised at all after Crimea
  2. 210ox
    210ox 9 January 2018 13: 14
    +1
    Yes, fly on hang gliders, And do not bother with nuclear weapons .. We will not offend. If we show only indecent gestures, we will only ..
  3. g1washntwn
    g1washntwn 9 January 2018 13: 18
    +3
    The author of the opus suddenly forgot about the non-nuclear status of Germany and the text of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons? Well, that's why. Explicitly (not for free) alludes to the F-35.
  4. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 9 January 2018 13: 20
    11
    They can think - but they will choose the 35th
    1. jjj
      jjj 9 January 2018 14: 01
      +1
      The informational advance on Deutchland about the need for such a purchase has just begun
  5. Sands Careers General
    Sands Careers General 9 January 2018 13: 23
    +9
    What kind of a star-striped aircraft will be ordered to take into service, this will be. And always with the ability to carry a vigorous loaf.
  6. aszzz888
    aszzz888 9 January 2018 13: 24
    +4
    ... since when did the tail begin to wag the dog? ... laughing
  7. PalBor
    PalBor 9 January 2018 13: 25
    +2
    Why do Germans need airplanes? The roof from the Rammstein base will resolve all issues.
  8. anjey
    anjey 9 January 2018 13: 34
    +5
    only F-35 and let them just try to get out of this American "miracle" ... good business on European partners, suckers, the United States knows how to do ....
    1. Rusland
      Rusland 9 January 2018 13: 38
      +8
      By that time it will be modernized and it will become a "miracle judo."
  9. assa67
    assa67 9 January 2018 13: 59
    +6
    Quote: g1washntwn
    The author of the opus suddenly forgot about the non-nuclear status of Germany and the text of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

    the bombs will not be German, so nothing is formally violated ... and why the Bundes cram F-22 or 35, the owner himself decides, Fritz will not ask
    1. g1washntwn
      g1washntwn 9 January 2018 15: 23
      +2
      Especially for you (in bold, read twice):

      Article I

      Each of the nuclear-weapon States Parties to this Treaty undertakes not to transfer to anyone any nuclear weapon or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as control over such weapons or explosive devices, either directly or indirectly; as well as in no way helping, encouraging, or inducing any non-nuclear-weapon state to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, and also control over such weapons or explosive devices.

      Article II

      Each of the non-nuclear-weapon States parties to this Treaty undertakes not to accept the transfer from anyone of a nuclear weapon or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the control of such weapons or explosive devices, either directly or indirectly;
      1. assa67
        assa67 9 January 2018 15: 38
        +7
        then why are the same tornadoes adapted to carry nuclear weapons? .... why make such modifications, if not for their application .... "part of NATO’s strategy for nuclear deterrence" ... in simple terms: we have it (according to the agreement) no, but if that ... "mighty" ....
        Quote: g1washntwn
        as well as control over such weapons or explosive devices, either directly or indirectly;

        a contradiction right on the surface .... hi
        1. zulusuluz
          zulusuluz 9 January 2018 21: 05
          0
          Have you heard anything about double standards?
          1. g1washntwn
            g1washntwn 10 January 2018 07: 04
            +1
            Americans teach non-nuclear NATO countries to use their nuclear bombs.
            It’s high time to bring up the issue of including ALL NATO nuclear weapons carriers in the calculation of restriction treaties, rather than chewing snot.
  10. rocket757
    rocket757 9 January 2018 14: 01
    +4
    How is it, how is it. They sho, amersky "miracle iron" do not want to take ???
    I'd like to see how and where the Yankees shove them this miracle ???
    Can the grandmother of the former Bundes Fuhrer not break into the main, because the process will be very painful ???
    Et what kind of babosiki have to fall off !!! She still has not figured out with her new "kids" from the east ???
  11. Chichikov
    Chichikov 9 January 2018 15: 51
    +1
    That is why, all negotiations with the United States on missile defense, disarmament and reduction, must be firmly translated into the format of negotiations between "Russia-NATO" and Russia-ASEAN! The United States is far away, and NATO and other blocs led by the United States, around Russia.
  12. APASUS
    APASUS 9 January 2018 19: 37
    0
    I suppose that in Germany they don’t know how to justify the purchase of American airplanes. This is very unprofitable in terms of patriotism and will make another dependence on the United States. Apparently the political leadership understands this, but they are following the tried and tested path, the fight against the Russian threat will require the purchase of better weapons and of course it is American!
  13. cobalt
    cobalt 9 January 2018 22: 31
    +2
    A tornado is a fighter-bomber, well sharpened for strikes against ground targets, a bomb load of up to 9000 kg, which is 2000 kg more than the Su-24, 2 crew members, i.e. There is an operator for the use of weapons. It is difficult to find a replacement for such an aircraft in terms of impact capabilities. Of the modern close analogues, only our Su-34, Amersky f15 e, Chinese jh-7, and that’s all,
  14. flicker
    flicker 10 January 2018 01: 28
    +3
    Than to replace, than to replace - yes with a white flag and raised hands good