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The NATO EF 2000 and TORNADO Development, Production & Logistics Management Agency (NETMA) and EUROFIGHTER GmbH have extended the contract to ensure the availability of spare parts for the EUROFIGHTER combat aircraft. The contract runs from 1 August 2021 for 65 months until 31 December 2026 and is worth €3.9Bn.

NETMA acts on behalf of the four EUROFIGHTER core nations Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain. The so-called C#3 contract documents the close cooperation between the industry and the customer to ensure a consistently high availability of the aircraft in all EUROFIGHTER fleets. It ensures that all aircraft in the fleets of the core nations remain available and operational. To this end, the contract provides for the scheduled provision of vital support services, including equipment repairs, spare parts procurement, stock planning and logistics.

The contract enables the various national industrial partners – Airbus for Germany and Spain, BAE Systems for the UK and Leonardo for Italy — to meet and match the requirements of their respective national customers in terms of spare parts availability and repairs.

NETMA Deputy Managing Director, Rüdiger Knoepfel, sees the new C#3 contract as an important milestone to ensure the high availability of the EUROFIGHTER fleets. It is the right instrument to make operational readiness affordable for the operator nations.

Eurofighter’s Chief Operating Officer of Programmes, Giancarlo Mezzanatto, said he was delighted with the award of this significant long-term support contract. It reflects the industry’s excellent track record of service delivery and will further strengthen customer confidence in the maintenance of their EUROFIGHTER fleet.