The Luftwaffe Tries To Modernize

Brody Ladd | 03/25/2022

The Tornado strike fighter has been in German service since the early 1980s. Delays in acquiring a replacement have forced the air force to postpone its retirement from 2025 to 2030, while maintenance costs continue to rise. Above, a pair of German Tornado jets taxi on the runway at Air Force Base Overberg in South Africa during Exercise Two Oceans in March 2017. Europe has started a major overhaul of its fighter fleets as late Cold War designs begin to reach the end of their service...

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