Spain will acquire 20 more Eurofighters for its air force. A contract for acquisition of 20 latest generation Eurofighter jets was inked by the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) at the ILA airshow underway in Berlin.
This contract will see the Spanish Eurofighter fleet grow to 90 aircraft.
The new aircraft will replace the Spanish Air Force’s F-18 fleet operated on the Canary Islands. The new new aircraft will equip a third base, namely Gando on the Canary Islands, which is home to the 46th Wing.
Known as the Halcon programme, the order will cover the delivery of a fleet of E-Scan (Electronically Scanned) radar equipped fighter aircraft consisting of 16 single-seaters and 4 twin-seaters to
Delivery of the first aircraft is slated in 2026 and secure Eurofighter industrial activity till 2030. The acquisition, valued at € 2.043 billion, was approved by Spain’s Council of Ministers on 14 December 2021 and includes the aircraft, engines, a simulator and the necessary support services.
‘This additional order reinforces Spain’s commitment not only towards the Eurofighter but also to its development and industrial environment. I would like to thank the customer for its firm position with respect to European defence at a time when it is needed most,” said Mike Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.
The Eurofighter has been in service with Spain since 2003 and the country’s air force operates the aircraft from its air bases of Morón (11th Wing) and Albacete (14th Wing), securing Spain’s territory and playing a key role at the heart of NATO in different Air Policing missions in the Baltics and more recently the Black Sea.
The Spanish Eurofighter is assembled, tested and delivered at the Airbus Getafe site (Spain) and its industrial footprint translates into more than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs in Spain alone.
Eurofighter is Europe’s largest defence programme, involving the four core nations of the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and Italy. It secures more than 100,000 jobs in Europe.
The Eurofighter programme has logged 681 aircraft orders from nine nations till date.
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