Today, Eurofighter GmbH announced the formal delivery of the first Series Production Aircraft (SPA) to the Spanish Air Force. Following Four Nation Type Acceptance of the Eurofighter Typhoon on 30 June, 2003, the partner Air Forces in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom have been working with industry partners to provide individual national clearances that will allow the aircraft to begin their service life.
Spain is the second partner country to formally accept delivery of Eurofighter for service use. Initially, the aircraft, designated Eurofighter Typhoon ST001, will be used for Service Pilot Instructor Training based at Getafe, in Central Spain. Later, the aircraft will be delivered to the Spanish Air Force Base of Moron in Southern Spain. Based on a four nation Government Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 1998 that covers a production run of 620, Spain will receive 87 Eurofighter Typhoons that will begin to replace existing Mirage F-1C aircraft.
By the end of 2003 the Spanish Air Force is expected to receive four Eurofighter aircraft.
Deliveries to the partner Air Forces of Italy and the United Kingdom will commence shortly.
Commenting on events, Filippo Bagnato Chief Executive Officer, Eurofighter GmbH stated. ‘This event marks a significant achievement in the efforts and investment by Spanish and European industry to deliver an outstanding Weapon System. The proceess of delivery and introduction of Eurofighter Typhoon to operational service represents the highest priority of our nations and industry.’