Germany Inks Contact to Buy F-35s Capable of Carrying US Nukes
On December 14, 2022, Germany signed a contract with the United States government to purchase several dozens of F-35 fighter planes. These planes have the ability of delivering nuclear warheads that the US stores in Germany. On top of that, these jets were designed by Lockheed Martin, a pillar of the military industrial complex, an institution that is thoroughly enjoying every second of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.
Germany stores roughly 20 US B-61 nuclear gravity bombs under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s nuclear sharing program.
There are about 20 US B-61 nuclear gravity bombs stored in Germany under NATO’s nuclear sharing program. While Germany is not a nuclear power, Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge noted that “it maintains a fleet of aging Tornado bombers capable of dropping them, which the F-35s will replace.”
“The German F-35 program will ensure the continuation of Germany’s alliance commitments and guarantee NATO’s credible deterrence in the future,” the US Embassy in Berlin declared in a statement.
Germany announced its move to buy F-35s back in March as part of its plan to increase military spending in light of the Russo-Ukrainian war. Germany will get its hands on 35 of the fighter jets in a deal worth roughly $10.5 billion, and they are expected to be delivered in the timeframe of 2026 and 2029. In 2030, the F-35s are expected to replace the Tornados in the nuclear-sharing mission.
Under NATO’s nuclear sharing program, the US stores nuclear warheads in countries such as Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey. At the moment, there are no nuclear weapons in countries that joined NATO following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. However, Poland is receptive to hosting nukes and has talked with US leaders about the issue.
Despite the horrendous consequences that have come about after the outbreak of the Russo-Ukrainian war and the sanctions imposed against Russia, leaders of the Collective West want to ramp up tensions by putting nukes closer to Russia’s border.
Western policymakers are captured by ideological fanaticism — neoconservatism and liberal interventionism— and a noxious relationship with the defense industry. These factors prevent them from entertaining more realist foreign policy options. A full-blown regime change is needed in the West for any form of sanity to return to foreign policy.