Germany to miss NATO commitment due to delayed fighter jets

  • Elisabeth Gheorghe
  • 19.5.2017 21:15

Germany is unlikely to deploy its jets for the NATO rapid force by 2018, as adapting of their new Eurofighter jet for air-to-ground operations has been delayed, according to a leaked report of the German Ministry of Defence. Initially developed for air-to-air combat, the aircraft are being customised for ground attacks in order to be a part of Germany’s NATO Response Force contribution.

The report notes the Eurofighters’ ground-bombing abilities will be tested in September and further improvements are essential. Eurofighters are used for NATO-led airspace surveillance in the Baltics, a region subject to Russian probing. The deployment of German forces is a source of unease in Germany and its eastern neighbours. Germany seems to continue in its pledge to increase military spending from 1.2% to 2% of its GDP which is perceived by some as unrealistic in upcoming years. After US President Trump’s U-turn on NATO and increased military spending, EU and NATO officials have discussed improved cooperation to face security challenges embodied by Russia and terrorism.

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