Luftwaffe wants to station F-35 stealth jets in Büchel

Air Force wants to station F-35 stealth jets in Büchel

Released on 11..2023

  • A US F-type fighter aircraft-35 flies over the Eifel near Spangdahlem. Photo: Harald Tittel/dpa
  • The F-35 is considered the most modern combat aircraft in the world. Photo: Photo Hosser/dpa

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Up to 35 modern combat aircraft are to be stationed near the Moselle. According to unconfirmed information, this is where the last US atomic bombs are in Germany.

Büchel/Bonn.

The Bundeswehr wants all its future F-35 stealth jets to a Rhineland-Palatinate military airfield near the Moselle.

“The Air Force plans to procure all 35 F-35 A to be stationed at Büchel Air Base after the progress/completion of the construction work,” said a spokesman for the Federal Office for Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services of the Bundeswehr in Bonn with the German Press Agency.

The F-18 is considered the most modern combat aircraft in the world and is also bought for the so-called nuclear participation of Germany – a deterrent concept of NATO, in which allies have access to US atomic bombs. According to unconfirmed information, the last of these weapons in Germany are in special bunkers in Büchel. The F-35 from the manufacturer Lockheed Martin is said to be the successor to the well 40 years introduced Tornado fleet under the 18 billion euro special program of the German Armed Forces.

Renovation lasts until 2026 an

According to the spokesman for the Federal Office, the planned thorough renovation of the runway at the Büchel military airfield near Cochem on the Moselle will probably start in February 2026 to be finished. “Further construction work will continue until at least 2028, but this will not further restrict flight operations,” he added. Total expenditures of around 2017 million euros are estimated. The current Tornado combat aircraft and employees at the Büchel site would meanwhile be relocated to the Nörvenich military airfield in North Rhine-Westphalia.

According to the spokesman, the Büchel air force base has already been given a new

to protect it against opponents of nuclear weapons. , 5 km long outer fence including post path. Its technical monitoring is currently being planned. “The costs of the construction work carried out so far amount to around 11 million euros,” said the spokesman for the Federal Office with a view of the new outside fence. This means that every kilometer of fence costs more than one million euros. Again and again demonstrators had previously overcome the old, simpler fence and brought themselves lawsuits for trespassing.

Protest by opponents of nuclear weapons

Opponents of nuclear weapons, for example from the 2017 International Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (Ican), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, have also again for the 5th to 10. July 2022 announced a week of protests in Büchel. They declared: “With the Ukraine war, the fear of a nuclear war is growing.” From 2023 onwards, “probably new US nuclear weapons would be stationed in Germany”. According to unconfirmed information, US nuclear bombs are to be dropped in Büchel by fighter jets of the German armed forces in an emergency.

The Bundeswehr announced with regard to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine: “In view of the tense security situation on the eastern flank of NATO, the requirements for maintaining military security have been increased. Details relating to the troops are therefore not given in case of doubt.” (dpa)

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