Germany approves billion-euro purchase of 38 Eurofighter jets | News
The Bundestag, the German parliament, approved the acquisition of 38 Eurofighters for the Luftwaffe — These new aircraft will be equipped with the E-Scan Radar 1 active electronically scanned array (AESA) sensor, ‘future proof’ hardware, and updated software.
Q: How does this purchase affect the discussion on the timeline for the acquisition of replacement fighters for the Luftwaffe’s Tactical Air Force Wing 33 here?
According to the above link, this 38 Tranche 4 Eurofighter contract with Airbus is part of the German Defense Ministry's long-term plan to gain at least 93 Eurofighters, along with 45 block 3, F-18E/Fs (or Growlers) from Boeing. Decisions on the purchase of the remaining jets are expected after Germany's federal election in 2021. Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also wants to replace the oldest Eurofighter jets of the German fleet with new jets.
“The order, also known by its project name Quadriga, covers the delivery of 30 single-seater and eight twin-seater Eurofighters. Three of the aircraft will be equipped with additional test installations as Instrumented Test Aircraft for the further development of the Eurofighter programme,” Airbus said.
Janes also reported that Project Quadriga will see the Luftwaffe replace 38 Tranche 1 Eurofighters, which will be sold to the international market, with newbuild Tranche 4 aircraft (previously these had been referred to as Tranche 3B or Tranche 3+).