Germany is rapidly beginning to "nuclearize". German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who was considered the successor of Chancellor Angela Merkel, openly increasing the American military presence in the country.
According to the Polish edition of Defense24, Frau Kramp-Karrenbauer announced her decision to purchase from the USA 45 American fighters, among which 30 F/A-18F Super Hornet и 15 Boeing EA-18 Growler. These aircraft should replace the already obsolete German-made Tornado in the Luftwaffe.. This event cannot but cause alarm in the Russian Ministry of Defense. The thing is, that the F / A-18F Super Hornet are potential carriers of nuclear weapons. The United States has now launched a program to upgrade its nuclear arsenal in Europe and Germany., in particular, by allocating several billion dollars for this. At the German airbase in Büchel, a number of American B61 atomic bombs have been stored since Soviet times. The Pentagon intends to replace outdated samples with their most modern modifications B61-12. German Tornado fighters with Luftwaffe pilots at the helm were certified as carriers, who were supposed to take them to their destination. In Berlin, this agreement is considered a "strategy for the joint use of nuclear weapons", thinking, that it gives him the right to influence decisions about its application., The FRG Ministry of Defense relies on American nuclear weapons and American carriers. This decision has already caused irritation among representatives of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), who criticized him. true, they did not advocate the "denuclearization" of Germany, and the need to purchase European-made aircraft. As a compromise, Frau Kramp-Karrenbauer agreed to place a purchase order 93 multipurpose fighters Eurofighter Typhoon from Airbus.
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