The German Air Force will not get its final 37 Eurofighters, aka Typhoons. The German Deputy Minister of Defence, Stéphane Beemelmans, has informed the parliamentary committee on defence issues about the cancellation of the last planned purchase, news agency Reuters reported on Wednesday.
The German Defence ministry has been having issues with the increase price for the EF2000, as the 5th generation fighter is also known. Already at the end of 2013 almost all of the 14.7 billion euro the German parliament okayed on the Eurofighter budget was used. The Luftwaffe was hoping to get 140 aircraft of the type, but will now have to soldier on with only 108 Eurofighters. Originally the Germans wanted to purchase 180 EF2000s for a total costs of 16.8 billion, but those plans seem now a total utopia.
Worldwide a bit more than 400 of the European joint produced Eurofighter have been delivered, but the consortium building them is reported to have loads of problems with the quality of the aircraft. According to a German internal report many of the fighters stand aground, sometimes for years.
On the bright side, the UK and Saudi Arabia are close to set the final price on the 72 Eurofighter Typhoons that were ordered for the Royal Saudi Air Force in 2007. The Eurofighter / EF2000 / Typhoon is a joint product of the military aviation industries of Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain.
© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger
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