COLOGNE, Germany – Airbus is trying to sell 38 Eurofighter planes worth $ 6.5 billion to Germany for other procurement competitions in Switzerland and Finland.
The European defense giant signed a deal with the German air force this week after the country’s parliament, the Bundestag, approved a budget earlier this month. The Luftwaffe will get 30 single-seat aircraft and 8 dual-seat aircraft, Airbus said in a statement.
Four of the aircraft will serve as test sites for future technology, as the company positions the Eurofighter as a bridge to the Future Combat Air System, a German-French-Spanish collaboration, according to the service.
“The new order from Germany secures production through 2030 and comes at a very strategic time for the program,” read a company statement. “In addition to the Eurofighter orders expected from Spain to replace their legacy F-18s, procurement decisions in Switzerland and Finland are imminent in 2021.”
Switzerland wants to buy up to 40 aircraft for a maximum price of $ 6.5 billion, and the Eurofighter is one of the aircraft taking part. Likewise, Finland is considering the aircraft as a replacement for its F-18 fleet.
“The variant offered in Switzerland conforms to the configuration of the German Quadriga order,” wrote Airbus officials in the statement, referring to the aircraft’s new stage name, number 4. The new batch, due for delivery in 2030, will replace the first phase, purchased between 2003 and 2008. , which can only conduct air-to-air combat and has obsolete radars, according to the German defense department.
Vote on Switzerland agrees a new air defense package in September, including ground-based weapons systems and a fleet of combat aircraft. A second bid from four competing firms is expected this month. Apart from the Eurofighter, the Rafale Dassault, the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet and the Lockheed Martin F-35 are also being considered.
Government of Finland during the summer raised the budget for the “HX” fighter program to $ 5.8 billion, eyeing a procurement decision by 2021.
“The Tranche 4 Eurofighter is currently the most modern fighter aircraft made in Europe with a service life that extends well beyond 2060,” said Airbus Defense and Space CEO Dirk Hoke in a statement following the signing of a contract with the German government. “Its technical capabilities will allow full integration into the European Future Combat Air System, FCAS.”