Germany has requested classified data on Boeing F-15 Eagle and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets from the U.S. military as it looks to replace its aging Panavia Tornado combat aircraft, Reuters reported.
According to the Reuters report, a letter sent by the German defense ministry’s planning division said it had identified Boeing’s fighters as potential candidates to replace its Tornado jets, which entered service in 1981.
A classified briefing is expected to take place in mid-November, following a similar briefing provided by U.S. officials about the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet in July.
The ministry has said it is also seeking information from Airbus, which builds the Eurofighter Typhoon along with Britain’s BAE Systems and Italy’s Leonardo.
Germany is pursuing a two-pronged approach under which it would buy an existing fighter to replace the Tornado, while working with France on a new European jet to replace its Eurofighter Typhoon at a later point.
The request has given a potential boost to the U.S. company locked in a trade dispute with Canada and Britain after its complaint prompted the U.S. government to impose a preliminary 220-percent duty on CSeries jets built by Bombardier.