Up to 35 modern fighter jets are to be parked near Moselle. According to unconfirmed reports, this is where the last US atomic bombs landed in Germany.
Bundeswehr wants to bring all of its future F-35 stealth jets to the Rhineland-Palatinate military airport near Moselle. “The Air Force plans to purchase 35 F-35A aircraft once construction is progressing / completed,” said a spokesman for the Federal Office of Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services in Pondicherry, Bonn. German Press Company.
The F-35 is considered the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft and was purchased for what is known as Germany’s nuclear involvement – a NATO bloc concept in which allies access US nuclear bombs. According to unconfirmed reports, the last of these weapons in Germany is in special bunkers in Büchel. The successor model of the Tornado Navy, introduced 40 years ago, is to be purchased from the manufacturer of Lockheed Martin as part of the German Armed Forces’ EUR 100 billion special program.
Previous models have been relocated to NRW
According to a spokesman for the Federal Office, the planned complete overhaul of the runway at Bechel Military Airport near Cochrane in Mosul is expected to be completed by February 2026. “Further construction will continue until at least 2028, but this will not further restrict air operations,” he added. The total cost is estimated at around 170 million euros. The current Tornado fighter jets and crew at the Büchel site will meanwhile be transferred to Nörvenich Military Airport in North Rhine-Westphalia.