Spain begins negotiations to acquire 20 Typhoon and replace its F18s

Like Berlin, Madrid will therefore have resisted the American sirens of the F35A, by announcing the official start of negotiations with Airbus DS for the acquisition of 20 Eurofighter fighters Typhoon to replace the EF-18 Hornets of Squadron 46 based in the Canaries. The new devices will reinforce the approximately 70 Typhoon already in service with the Spanish Air Force. As with the Luftwaffe, the Typhoon Spanish will be in tranche IV and will offer widely extended operational capabilities, both for air-to-air and air-to-ground or air-to-surface missions, notably implementing the new AESA Radar jointly developed by Spanish Indra and the German Hensoldt. The new aircraft are expected between 2025 and 2030 by the Spanish Air Force, which will still have to replace 50 EF18s if it wants to maintain its current format.

Even if Madrid has not decided on the replacement of its Harrier Matador, which can only be replaced by F35Bs if the Spanish Navy wishes to maintain an on-board naval air force, this announcement shows the determination of the FCAS program partners to support their own defense industry, and to preserve, as much as possible, industrial and technological sovereignty in terms of combat aircraft.

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