Airbus has entered into an agreement to provide the German Air Force with 38 new Eurofighter aircraft. This acquisition, also known by its project name Quadriga, includes 30 single-seater and 8 twin-seater Eurofighters and makes Germany the largest ordering nation in the program. Three of the aircraft will be equipped with additional test installations and will serve as Instrumented Test Aircraft for the further development of the Eurofighter program.
This new order secures production of the aircraft until 2030. Spain is also expected to order the Eurofighter as a replacement for its legacy F-18s, and procurement decisions are currently underway in Switzerland and Finland. The variant of the aircraft that would be provided to Switzerland would feature the same configuration as the German Quadriga Eurofighters, including state-ofthe-art electronic radar, future-proof hardware and software and unlimited multi-role capability for engaging air and ground targets.
Eurofighter is Europe’s largest defence program, involving the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy in addition to Germany. Incorporating industry-leading technological capabilities, it secures more than 100,000 jobs in Europe.
Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, commented: “The new Tranche 4 Eurofighter is currently the most modern European-built combat aircraft with a service life well beyond 2060. Its technical capabilities will allow full integration into the European Future Combat Air System FCAS.”