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Airbus predicts ‘lasting harm’ from German Tornado replacement acquisition

23rd April 2020 - 15:30 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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Airbus has revealed that a ‘regulated compromise’ will be required in order to prevent German domestic industry suffering ‘lasting harm’ if plans to buy US-made fighter jets are made final.

The comments came after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the German defence minister, presented a long-awaited Tornado replacement procurement plan to parliament, proposing the acquisition of a mixed fleet of 93 Eurofighter Typhoons, alongside 45 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers.

The inclusion of US-manufactured fighters had been known as a likely choice by the German MoD for many weeks, but Kramp-Karrenbauer justified this by explaining that a ‘bridge technology’

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