US State Department approves potential sale of F-35 fighter jets, munitions to Germany

US State Department approves potential sale of F-35 fighter jets, munitions to Germany
F-35 and F-16 fighter aircraft ready for the international military flying exercise Frisian Flag, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 30 March 2022. (Photo: EPA-EFE / VINCENT JANNINK)

The US State Department approved a possible foreign military sale to Germany of F-35 fighter jets, munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $8.4-billion, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The potential deal for the advanced stealth fighter came after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged an upgrade to his country’s military following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The principle contractors for the deal include Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon Technologies, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale on Thursday.

Despite approval by the State Department, the notification does not indicate a contract has been signed or that negotiations have concluded.

The notice of a potential sale is required by law.

Germany said in March it would buy 35 US F-35 fighter jets to replace its ageing Tornado.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Jonathan Oatis.)


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