Germany prefers US stealth fighter jets. Do F-35 fighter jets have advantages that other fighter jets don't have?

Hsmilitarycom: It is rumored that the German air force will buy 35 units of US F-35 fighter jets to replace their aging fighter jets.

The F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet is considered the most modern fighter jet in the world today. 

Lockheed Martin's fighters are touted as "armed computers," capable of networking with other aircraft in the air or with ground forces and processing thousands of pieces of information every second. This aircraft can also be equipped with nuclear warheads.

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, earlier this week announced that Germany would buy 35 F-35 fighter jets to replace the Tornado fighter jets that have been in operation since more than 40 years ago.

Security experts at the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank say that.

"If you have to carry a nuclear bomb, it is indeed better to do it with a stealth aircraft than with an aircraft that does not have that capability."

"What is needed is a low radar footprint and the ability to remotely detect and attack targets. The F-35 can do that better than any other air combat system on the market today."

However, such a high-tech fighter jet is certainly not cheap.

Rafael Loss estimates that the 35 fighter jets will cost about 4 billion euros, or $4.4 billion worth. 

In addition, there will certainly be considerable operational costs, and several hundred million euros will have to be budgeted for the adjustment of the military airport in Germany required for the F-35.

The German air force seems to be proud of getting a replacement for the Tornado aircraft.

Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz, the highest soldier of the air force, said that the F-35 is indeed suitable, because many militaries in other European countries have also chosen this US fighter.

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