The Spanish cabinet gave the official go-ahead on 14 December for three major new military programmes worth more than EUR7.3 billion (USD8.2 billion) over 15 years.
The largest programme is a five-ship order for the navy for the long-planned F-110 frigate, worth EUR4.32 billion.
A further EUR2.1 billion was earmarked for 350 new 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and EUR906 million for upgrading the air force’s Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.
However, while the go-ahead recognises the agreed spending limits for the projects, the actual contracts will not be formalised until next year, according to a government spokesman.
The F-110 frigates, to be built over nine years by state-owned Navantia at Ferrol, are due to replace the ageing Santa Maria class, which dates back to the 1980s.
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