At ILA Berlin representatives of Eurofighter, the NATO Eurofighter 2000 and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) and Eurojet Turbo signed the Halcón agreement, which aims to modernise Spain’s fleet of Eurofighters and Typhoons by supplying 20 new combat aircraft.
Eurofighter is selling 20 combat aircraft to the Spanish Air Force. That is set out by the Halcón agreement, which Carlo Mancusi, CEO Eurofighter Combat Aircraft, Lt. Gen. Miguel Martín Pérez, General Manager NETMA and Gerhard Bähr, CEO Eurojet, signed at ILA Berlin. High-ranking figures from the military, industry and diplomatic corps representing the core Eurofighter nations took part in the ceremony.
The agreement says that Spain will receive 16 single-seater and four two-seater combat aircraft. These are equipped with electronic E-Scan radar systems and will replace part of the ageing F-18 aircraft fleet. It means that Spain’s Eurofighter fleet will increase to 90. The aircraft are equipped with future-proof hardware and software, similar to those of the German Quadriga programme, which was signed in 2020. To enable the aircraft to engage with ground and air targets its multi-role characteristics have been expanded.
Backbone of German air defence
For Carlo Mancusi, CEO Eurofighter Combat Aircraft, today’s announcement was good news for many reasons. In particular it signalled the ongoing commitment of the four core partner nations to the future of the Eurofighter Typhoon. This mandate ensured that the Eurofighter would remain the backbone of European air defence for many years to come and supported Europe’s aerospace industry. Gerhard Bähr emphasised that the mandate strengthened European defence capabilities while providing long-term security for numerous highly skilled jobs in Europe’s aerospace industry.
The first aircraft under the Halcón agreement will be delivered in 2026. The Eurofighter Typhoon’s technical features ensure it will remain in service far beyond 2060. As a result, it forms an integral part of Europe’s air combat environment of the future.
The Eurofighter represents Europe’s largest defence programme. Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain are the main partners in Europe. In addition to its technological capabilities it secures more than 100,000 jobs in 400 companies across Europe. To date, 680 Eurofighters have been sold to nine countries around the world.