Spain confirms its European roots

After getting into a number of iconic European applications, Spain continues to play European playing cards (Tiger, NH90, Eurofighter, Eurodrone, SCAF …). Thus, the NETMA company (NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency) has signed an settlement with Madrid to amass 20 new technology Eurofighter, which has already ordered 73 plane prior to now (19 as a part of Tranche 1, 34 as a part of Tranche 2 and 20 as a part of Tranche 3). , Whose final plane was delivered in January 2020). The deal was anticipated in 2021 However, Spain has not but turned its again on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program It ought to order F-35B / STOVL to interchange the Harrier II fleet with the Spanish Navy by 2030. Even the plane provider Juan Carlos Ike is the one doable gadget to equip it.

Placed inside the framework of the Halcon program, this new order gives for the supply of 4 single-seater fight plane outfitted with 16 single-seater fight plane and 4 two-seater plane outfitted with digital scanning radar (e-scan). The contract authorized by Spain in December 2021 is price 2.043 billion euros (20 plane, engines, a simulator and associated help companies). “Through this new order, Spain reaffirms not solely its dedication to the Eurofighter, but in addition its growth and industrial setting.”, Has underlined Mike Shoelhorn, president of Airbus Defense and Space. To date, the Eurofighter program has collected 681 agency orders from 9 nations around the globe.

Used as a alternative for the F-18

The plane will change a fleet of 24 used F / A-18A / B Hornets (US Navy) fleets operated by the Spanish Air Force at Gondo Air Base within the Canary Islands. All in all there would be the Spanish Air Force 90 Eurofighter. Delivered from 2026, these new gadgets “Strengthen the power and stance of the Spanish Air Force inside NATO allies and guarantee an industrial load plan by 2030”Airbus stated in a press release launched Thursday. Spanish Eurofighters are assembled, examined and delivered to the Airbus website in Getafe (Spain). An trade presence that ensures greater than 20,000 direct and oblique jobs in Spain.

This new order guarantees to interchange 65 F / A-18A / B Hornets from 2030, which have been newly bought by Eurofighters in May 1983. Serving in Spain since 2003, the Spanish Air Force operates Eurofighters from the air base of Moran (11).e Squadron) and Albacete (14th Squadron), making certain air sovereignty of the nation and taking part in an vital function in numerous NATO plane policing missions within the Baltic nations and just lately across the Black Sea. With this new plane, Spain will equip a 3rd Eurofighter air base, Gando within the Canary Islands, the place the forty sixth Squadron is positioned.