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Airbus used the Berlin Airshow to announce that the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency has signed a contract with Airbus for the delivery of 20 latest-generation EUROFIGHTERs. According to Airbus, the acquisition, valued at €2.043Bn, was already approved by Spain’s Council of Ministers on 14 December 2021 and includes:

  • the aircraft
  • engines
  • a simulator
  • the necessary support services

Known as the HALCON programme, the order covers the delivery of a fleet of Electronically Scanned radar equipped fighter aircraft consisting of 16 single-seaters and four twin-seaters. Spain will use the new aircraft to replace the F-18s in the Canary Islands, expanding its EUROFIGHTER fleet to 90.

The aircraft will reportedly be assembled and tested in Getafe and be delivered between 2025 and 2030. With the new Eurofighters, Spain plans to establish a third base for the type on Gran Canaria, in addition to those at Moron and Albacete.