Zaida Cantero, Socialist Party spokeswoman on the Defense Committee of the Congress of Deputies, recently stated: “The F-35 Bravo is an all-American aircraft. This purchase is not for Europe? With these words the highest defense authority of the PSOE wants to end the controversy over the acquisition of the Lockheed Martin F-35B fighter-bomber by the Spanish Navy.
Zaida Cantero, who was Army Commander (ET) before joining the PSOE in 2015, told the German radio station Deutschlandfunk: “The F-35 Bravo is a purely American aircraft. This purchase does not work for Europe. Strategic autonomy is important not only for military reasons, but also because European money finances industry, employment, research and technology in Europe. ”
The statements examined by El Confidencial digital medium defense expert Juanjo Fernandez were complemented by the qualification for the same medium in which Zaida Cantero stated “unless the purchase of the F-35 from Europe by the United States creates employment and economic activity in Spain, should not be considered “.
The alternative must be the FCAS, because bets on this European consortium between Germany, France and Spain are “bets on our companies”, said the socialist politicians.
The rejection of the F-35 contrasts with the need for the Navy so often demanded for fear of losing its fixed-wing aviation. So far, six European NATO countries are working or being equipped with the conventional take-off / landing version: Belgium, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland, while two others have purchased the F version full capacity for short take-off and vertical or vertical and / or short take-offs and landings (V / STOL), especially the Italian Navy and the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force (RAF) from Great Britain. (Julio Maíz Sanz)
Photo: A United States Marines F-35B. (US Navy Photo).
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