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---- Communique of the Ministry of Defense ----

 

In the next months (OOC: days/weeks outgame time) the Naval Air Corps will undergo certain modernizations and restructurizations.

 

The founding of EOS puts the Naval Air Corps into a new position. While fleet defense and protection of naval attack aircraft was enough in the past, we now have to improve our ability to control the skies over the waters we protect. Currently the Tornado serves as the main air domination fighter assisted by our attack aircraft. The reserve for the Tornado consists of F-8 "Crusader" aircraft.

 

The "Crusaders" were well enough to assist as interceptors. They're fast aircraft capable of close combat with guns and short-range missiles, but they don't have any air domination value.

 

Since many nations are currently phasing out their large F-14 wings, Tamurin will purchase these aircrafts, overhaul them and integrate them into the Naval Air Corps. The F-14's will take over the "air domination"-role while the Tornados will remain in their interceptor- and fleet defense-role.

 

Parallel to that, the Luftwaffe-Tornados will be refitted with new electronic systems to achieve air domination abilities.

 

The Naval Air Corps will donate twelve of the F-8 "Crusaders" to museums, another twenty will go to various research projects; the rest (about four squadrons) is for sale if anyone is interested. If there is nobody interested they'll be used as target drones.

 

Claudia Hartman,

Defense Minister

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---- Communique of the Ministry of Defense ----

 

The modernization of the Air Corps in Tamurin will be completed with the phasing out of the last F-4E "Phantom II" fighters in the Luftwaffe. They'll be replaced with the Saab JAS-39 "Gripen".

 

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The "Gripen" will take over the role of "Air superiority" while the modernized Tornados will specialize in air defense, interception and air cover.

 

That way the tamurinian Luftwaffe will achieve air superiority capabilities which are now needed in EOS.

 

The "Gripen" will be operational within the next months (OOC: outgame time days/weeks). Twelve of the F-4E's will be donated to museums, another twenty will go to several research projects; the rest (about eight squadrons) is for sale. If there is nobody interested they'll be used as target drones.

 

The purchasing of the "Gripen" for the Luftwaffe and the F-14 for the Navy is the main investment of the Axmann/Leonhardt-government in 2006 and the biggest modernization of the Air Corps since 1989 when the "Tornado" was introduced.

 

The last "Phantom II" are now in the tactical reconnaissance squadrons (as are the last "Crusaders" in the Navy).

 

 

Claudia Hartman,

Defense Minister

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