The German Chancellor’s Defense Team will purchase five Boeing (BA.N) P-8A maritime patrol aircraft, it has been announced. After the approval of the parliamentary budget committee, the contract will now be signed, the ministry said as Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during his visit to his counterpart in the United States.
Sharing the news on Twitter, Patriots leader Florian Philippot blasted Germany’s “humiliating” decision.
Posting an article in the French daily La Tribune titled “Maritime patrol planes: how Germany rolled France in the flour”, Mr. Philippot tweeted: “Maritime patrol planes: Germany makes France believe that ‘ she wants cooperation but is in fact buying American equipment!
“Florence Parly, the Minister of the Armed Forces, says she has fallen from the clouds!
“Sovereignty quickly! “
The article in La Tribune said: “After the Franco-German tactical missile MAST-F intended to arm the German and French Tiger helicopters, Berlin apparently definitively torpedoed a second cooperation program between France and Germany, however validated in July 2017 by the Chancellor. . Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron. “
Announcing the deal, Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer said: “This purchase, worth approximately € 1.1 billion (£ 950 million), responds to the urgent need to maintain a maritime reconnaissance capability at long range and airborne spearfishing. “
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This is not the first time that Germany has infuriated France over a military and defense decision.
In May, France, Germany and Spain said they had reached an agreement on next steps in the development of a new fighter jet, Europe’s largest defense project, which is estimated to cost more than € 100 billion (£ 86 billion).
France in particular described the combat aircraft project – which includes a manned and unmanned aircraft of the new generation – essential for Europe to strengthen its defense autonomy and face competition from China, Russia and the United States.
French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly tweeted: “France, Germany and Spain are building one of the most important tools for their sovereignty and that of Europe in the 21st century. “
Critics of the plan, however, lamented a betrayal of French President Macron in favor of Merkel’s demands.
The next phase of development of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is expected to cost 3.5 billion euros (£ 3 billion), to be shared equally between the three countries.