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Germany Wants to Sideline US War Jets in Favor of Europe's Own

© AFP 2021 / IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU A British Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet is seen on the tarmac at the British airbase at Akrotiri, near Cyprus' second city of Limassol on December 3, 2015
A British Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet is seen on the tarmac at the British airbase at Akrotiri, near Cyprus' second city of Limassol on December 3, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The German defense ministry considers Eurofighter Typhoon the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets beginning in 2025.

The ministry said on Wednesday that it prioritized the European-designed fighter plane over the US F-35 stealthy jet, which is preferred by the country’s air force chief Georg Muellner.

According to Deputy Defense Minister Ralf Brauksiepe, the ministry will focus on buying the Eurofighter with the US-made F-35, F-15E and F/A-18E/F fighter jets considered as secondary options.

"A possible purchase of the Eurofighter would ensure the retention of military aircraft expertise in Germany and Europe, and value creation in our own country," Brauksiepe wrote in a letter to a Greens MP, Tobias Lindner.

"The weapons system has already been introduced to the Bundeswehr (armed forces) and is being successfully used," he added.

READ MORE: Royal Air Force of Oman Gets First of 12 Eurofighter Typhoons

US officials have conducted a series of classified briefings on the F-35, F-15E and F/A-18E/F fighter jets to German military representatives as they prepare to join a multibillion tender to replace Germany’s ageing fleet of around 90 Tornado jets.

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