Germany Opts Out of Tranche 3b Eurofighters

Germany’s new ruling coalition has decided against procuring the 37 aircraft outstanding under the Eurofighter Tranche 3b contract. Berlin decided in June to split Tranche 3 into two parts because the allotted financial resources of nearly EUR15 billion (US$22 billion) only allowed for the 31 aircraft of Tranche 3a to be procured. This would put Germany’s total number of Eurofighters at 143, even though 180 had originally been planned. However, the outstanding 37 aircraft are now t...
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