Lockheed Martin is complaining that there is a $945m shortfall because of falling F-35 fighter sales, but everything is moving very well with new orders. We had already reported that the Pentagon planned to buy 375 aircraft and that 24 were being considered for purchase in Czech Republic. Now, it is known that Germany would like to purchase 35 aircraft.
The US State Department actually approved the sale of fighter planes, ammunition, and other equipment to Germany. These contracts will total $8.4 billion. Germany requested the purchase not only of 35 aircraft but also of 37 engines, software, and components.
According to US authorities, the agreement will “support US foreign policies and national security by strengthening security of a NATO allie which is an important force in political stability in Europe.” Washington believes that this “will not result in a change to the fundamental military balance in the region.”
The State Department issues the authorization to implement current agreements in accordance with United States national law. After the State Department has received the decision, it must notify Congress in writing. The US legislature will then have 30 days to review the military contract and any possible blocking.