According to a Greenpeace calculation, the Bundeswehr’s planned procurement of 45 F-18 fighter jets from the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing could cost up to eight billion euros. In Corona times, this is a waste of scarce resources.

According to an estimate commissioned by Greenpeace, the purchase of 45 F-18 fighter jets from the US manufacturer Boeing, which the Department of Defense is aiming for, could cost around eight billion euros. This was reported first by the "Suddeutsche Zeitung". The calculation comes to the result that procurement costs "at a minimum" would be between 7.67 and 8.77 billion euros. The authors are the director of the Berlin Information Center for Transatlantic Security, Otfried Nassauer, and the former officer Ulrich Scholz.

The Greenpeace calculation is based on information from the Australian Court of Auditors on a procurement project for F-18 aircraft in Australia. The Ministry of Defense wants to replace the outdated Tornado fleet of the German Air Force with up to 93 Eurofighters and 45 F-18 combat aircraft.

Resolution will not be proposed until 2022 or 2023

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) made it clear in April that a decision-ready draft resolution can only be expected in 2022 or 2023. The US model F-18 is to be procured as a market-available solution for electronic air combat and Germany’s "nuclear participation" in US weapons.

NATO’s nuclear deterrent concept provides that allies have access to US nuclear weapons in the event of war. So far, the tornado jets are ready for this task in Germany.

Greenpeace: Waste in Corona Times

Alexander Lurz, disarmament expert at Greenpeace, told the "Suddeutsche Zeitung" that the planned purchase of the machines was "not only a devastating signal in terms of disarmament policy, but also a waste of soon scarce financial resources in Corona times".

The topic had already sparked discussions within the black-red coalition. SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mutzenich had demanded in May that Germany should rule out the stationing of US atomic bombs in the future. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert had clearly committed himself to the principle of nuclear deterrence on behalf of the federal government. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) also rejected the initiative of his party friends.