German lawmakers approve purchase of F-35 fighter jets
Purchase of Lockheed Martin jets to cost €10B, with first jets to be delivered to Germany in 2027
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Germany's parliament's budget committee approved major defense procurement projects, including the purchase of F-35 fighter jets, the country's defense chief announced on Wednesday.
"This is a good day for the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr," Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told a news conference in Berlin, adding that the approved procurements also included new assault rifles and an upgrade to Puma infantry fighting vehicles.
The purchase of 35 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets will cost Germany €10 billion ($10.6 billion), with the first batch to be delivered to the country in 2027, according the Defense Ministry.
The Lockheed Martin combat jets are meant to replace Germany's aging fleet of nuclear-capable Tornado bombers.
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