Why did Germany decide not to buy the F-35 fighter plane?

On the one hand, the Eurofighter is in many respects seriously superior to the F35, on the other hand, the F35 is quite a breakdown bird.

However, the F 35 is a multi-role fighter aircraft, whereas the Eurofighter is a pure fighter aircraft at the current stage of development.

Germany has not yet decided definitively against the F35 as the successor to the tornado.In the Federal Ministry of Defence, however, a solution is preferred in which a second stage of development of the Eurofighter, which is also capable of airstrikes (air/ground attacks), succeeds the Tornado.

Major disadvantages of the F35 are its relatively low speed, due to the ability to vertical starts it is very vulnerable at this stage and must actually still have a separate hunting protection as an accompaniment, even during the actual attack, as it is in the Speed of all multi-purpose fighter aircraft such as the Tornado and also pure fighter aircraft by several hundred km / h and is also strongly inferior in terms of maneuverability.In terms of pure procurement costs, the F 35 is quite cheap, but Lockheed-Martin compensates for this by extremely high prices for spare parts and peripherals.

The accusation against the F-35 is essentially that it is a kind of flying egg-laying woolly milk sow.

It was designed to take over the tasks of fighter jets, fighter bombers and even vertical launchers. As a result, the critics say, the jet itself is inferior to decades-old models that specialize in their respective tasks. (Mirror Online)

An article of the “Star” lists further glitches of the F35:

No air on board – U.S. pilots threaten fainting due to lack of oxygen.

In addition, according to test pilots, the F35 is supposed to be catastrophic to fly.Another shortcoming has been found to be that the F35 can only attack ground targets that are very slow or even stationary. And that’s supposed to be a high-tech jet?

Russian and new Chinese radars can now counteract the stealth characteristics of the F35, so that the only unique selling point in a roll-out in the U.S. Navy and the Air Force will be long ago overtaken.

The most expensive armament project in the history of the U.S. Army – a total of 2400 aircraft are to be procured in different versions for different types of weapons – is actually long dead before the large-scale introduction.

Turkey is not expected to receive the originally planned 100 F35 due to the decision for a Russian air defense system (S 400), which makes this project even more unprofitable.

As a successor to the Tornado, which is an important part of the so-called nuclear weapons participation – the ability to transport US nuclear weapons with specially certified aircraft, several patterns are being discussed in the BMVg.The F35 has said goodbye to this race. An alternative is Boeing’s F18 A in a modernized version that will also be capable of electronic combat control, while the other is a further development of the Eurofighter.

Here is a graphic juxtaposition of the opponents, how they compete against each other in a procurement of the Swiss army.It becomes clear that the F35 had to be limited to just over 1000 km in order to obtain the largest possible radar cross-section (design and size of the fuel tanks). Another disadvantage that one gets caught with is the limitation to an engine, which should be obsolete today with redundant design of all important units:

Other sources on the inferiority of the F35 in aerial combat:

Fighter flier F35 test flight reveals major weaknesses – WORLD

problems with the pilot’s oxygen supply:

Camouflage cap technology: Fighter jet crash makes Pentagon nervous – Die Welt

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