Spanish Eurofighters also suffer massive grounding

Spanish Typhoon rolling during an airshow. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
Spanish Typhoon rolling during an airshow. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Not only the German Air Force EF2000 force, but also Spanish Air Force Eurofighters spend their time mostly stuck on the ground, according to reports leaked to Spanish media.

According to among others El Confidencial, only six Eurofighters – called Typhoon in British service – of Spain’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) are fully ready for combat, being flown from Morón de la Frontera and Albacete. That means that apparently most of the new generation combat jet are not ready for much. Spain ordered 73 aircraft and had more than 50 delivered by the end of last year.

The problems are of a maintenance and funding kind. There are technical issues, lack of spare parts and not sufficient money to keep the expensive jets in the air.

German reports speak of only 8 of that country’s EF2000s being fully combat ready, with many spending years in their shelters. The current status of RAF, Saudi and Italian Eurofighters is unknown, but may be similar.

However, has indications that the Germans are working hard to improve things.

© 2014 editor Marcel Burger