Spain has signed a contract with NH Industries, a consortium of Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker to acquire 23 NH90 helicopters that include seven naval versions for an estimated $1.7 billion.
The Spanish government decided in September, at a Council of Ministers meeting, to allocate a budget of 1.5 billion euros (US $1.7 billion) for the purchase of 23 new NH90s (ten for the Army, six for the Air Force and seven for the Navy). The acquisition will cost Spain, 1.38 billion euros (US $1.6 billion) (excluding VAT), LA Tribune reported last Friday.
Spain had in 2006 planned to acquire 45 NH90 helicopters. Due to budgetary constraints at that time, it only bought 22 terrestrial version of the helicopter. These helicopters will replace the existing Super Puma (AS332) of the Army and the Air Force, while the naval fleet of Sikorsky S-60 used for tactical transport missions will be replaced.
In September this year, Spain also decided to upgrade its US heavy-duty helicopter CH-47D Chinook for € 819 million with deliveries marked between 2021 and 2025.
Spain has formally expressed interest in joining French-German Next Generation Weapon System, or NGWS project. The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles has requested the Spanish incorporation be formalized through the signing of a Letter of Intentions (LoI) or a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
South Korea plans to sign a military aircraft swap deal with Spain during their joint committee meeting on defense industry cooperation in Madrid later this week. Under the plan, Korea is expected to sell 30 KT-1 basic trainer jets and 20 T-50 advanced trainer jets, manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), to Spain,
Days after Germany announced a freeze on weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and urged other European Union members to do the same in view of the Khashoggi murder; Spain, Sweden, UK and France refused to block arms delivery to Riyadh. The Spanish Parliament voted against a proposal blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia Tuesday, according to El Nacional newspaper
The Spanish government announced Monday that it is canceling a deal with Saudi Arabia to supply 400 precision bombs and return 9.2 million Euros paid by Riyadh amidst apprehensions that the bombs could be used to target civilians in the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen
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