U.S. State Department Approved $8.4 Billion Arms Sales to Germany, Including F-35s

The Pentagon announced on Thursday that the U.S. State Department approved a possible military sale to Germany, consisting of F-35 fighter jets, munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $8.4 billion. The announcement for the potential deal came after German Chancellor Scholz pledged an upgrade to Germany’s military following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon are designated as the principle contractors for the deal, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale on Thursday.

The Pentagon’s notification does not indicate a deal is signed or negotiations are completed, despite the State Department’s approval.

The notice of a potential sale is required by law.

Germany said in March it would buy 35 F-35 fighter jets from the United States to replace its aging Tornado fleet.

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