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Germany Prefers the U.S. F-35A Production Line to Italian One

Germany Prefers the U.S. F-35A Production Line to Italian One

Germany has announced that the F-35A Lightning II jets it will acquire will be manufactured at the U.S. production line, not from the Italian production line. Germany has announced that the F-35A Lightning II jets it will acquire will be manufactured in the final assembly and check-out (FACO) plant in Fort Worth, Texas, rather than in Cameri, Italy. Italy, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have demanded their F-35As manufactured in Europe. They also committed to have their entire or a portion of their fleets built at that European facility. The Biden Administration has recently decided to open the European facility to any other European customer. Germany will acquire a total of 35 F-35As. The first German aircraft for the Luftwaffe will leave the production line in 2026 and arrive in Germany in 2027. In service, the F-35s will replace Germany’s ageing Tornadoes. The reason for choosing the American production line over the Italian one was not announced.

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