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 Typhoon fighters to replace the EF-18 Hornets of squadron 46 based in the Canaries. The new aircraft will reinforce the approximately 70 Typhoons already in service in the Spanish Air Force. As for the Luftwaffe, the Spanish Typhoons will be of tranche IV and will offer widely extended operational capacities, as well for air-air as air-to-ground or air-to-surface missions, implementing in particular 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 EF18 if it wants to keep its current format.
Even if Madrid has not ruled on the replacement of its Harrier Matador, which can only be replaced by F35Bs if the Spanish Navy wishes to keep an air carrier, this announcement shows the determination of SCAF program partners to support their own Defense industry, and to preserve, as far as possible, industrial and technological sovereignty in matters of combat aircraft.
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