Germany is considering buying more Eurofighters for a number of roles. Jon Lake analyses the latest developments.
Germany is throwing its weight behind the ongoing and continuing development of the Eurofighter Typhoon. It looks set to procure large numbers of the type, having ruled out the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as a potential replacement for the ageing fleet of Panavia Tornado strike/attack, reconnaissance and defence suppression aircraft.
Once seen in Germany as being primarily a replacement for the McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom in the air defence role, in recent years the Luftwaffe has embraced the idea of giving the Eurofighter a wider spectrum of roles.