Lockheed may deliver the F-35 to Germany from 2026, sees more orders in Europe than Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft seen at ILA in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018. REUTERS / Axel Schmidt / File Photo / File Photo / File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin NYSE 🙂 said on Wednesday that it could deliver the first F-35 fighters to Germany in 2026 and expects more orders for aircraft in Europe, as Greece and the Czech Republic have shown considerable interest.

“You’ll hear more about this soon,” JR MacDonald, vice president of business development for the F-35 at Lockheed Martin, told reporters at a press conference at the ILA Air Show in Berlin.

At the same time, the first F-35 aircraft that Germany has ordered to replace its obsolete Tornado fleet in 2025-2030 could be delivered from 2026, depending on the outcome of talks with the government in Berlin, MacDonald said.

German companies, including engine maker MTU, are currently exploring how they could join the program by supplying parts or providing maintenance, McDonald added.

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