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Germany cuts back on Eurofighter purchase

Times are tough in the military aviation industry, as demonstrated by Germany. The country will cut back on purchases and effectively reducing the order of 183 eurofighter jets, to 143. This is the enactment of a decision taken in 2011 by the then defense minister Thomas de Maziere. Out of the total order, more than 100 jets worth around 14 billion euros ($19.2 billion) have already been delivered, it added. Defense Committee chairman Hans-Peter Bartels meanwhile said Germany should further cut its Eurofighter fleet, according to business daily Handelsblatt. “We should reduce the Euro Fighter fleet to 108 machines, that’s enough,” he said. The Eurofighter consortium, Europe’s largest defense program, is in fierce competition with other fighter-jet makers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Dassault Aviation. “Germany has been focussing on other air force and defense requirements over the last 10 years or so and does not appear to consider its fast jet fleet as much of a priority.”

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