Spain approves aircraft trainer order

16 July 2019

Spain's interim government has given the go-ahead for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to purchase 24 new trainer aircraft for the air force for EUR225 million (USD253.4 million).

Delivery of the trainers is due to begin in 2020 and run until 2024. They will replace the ageing C101 advanced trainer, which has been operating with the Academia General del Aire at San Javier in Murcia for nearly 40 years. This replacement is an air force priority, with the trainer set to retire in September 2021.

To meet the government's own budgetary limits, payments for the new trainers will begin with a EUR75 million payment in 2020, followed by the same amount in each of the next two years.

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