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The German defence ministry Tuesday received bids from Airbus and the U.S. government -- representing Lockheed Martin and Boeing -- for the replacement of its fleet of 90 ageing Tornado fighter jets that were developed in the 1960s.Buying more Eurofighters would also allow Germany to streamline maintenance costs since it already has a fleet of 130 Eurofighters, the company said.U.S. officials are legally bound to equally represent all possible U.S. bids, but experts say the F-35 would be the best option for Germany since it is already slated to carry nuclear weapons beginning in the early 2020s.The Eurofighter would still need to be certified to carry nuclear bombs, a process that could take until 2030 or longer, and might force Germany to extend the life of some Tornado jets at great cost, according to U.S. military experts.
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