The German Air Force's procurement of 180 Eurofighter jets is rising beyond its planned 14.7 billion euros, according to a local reports.
The Luftwaffe is now expecting to pay 14.5 billion euros by the end of this year for only 108 of the fighters and 16.8 billion euros by 208 for 143 jets, paying more money for fewer fighters, according to reports.
"It is correct that the cost of the Eurofighters is rising," said a German Ministry spokesman.
The Eurofighter multi-role Typhoon jet is manufactured by Airbus-owner EADS, Italy's Finmeccanica and Britain's BAE Systems. The manufacturers did not respond to a request for a comment on the report.
The new chief of the Eurofighter Typhoon said at the Paris Air Show last month that he will lay out plans this year to make the fighter cheaper in an increasingly competitive market.
The Eurofighter's main competitors include Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet, Dassault Aviation's Rafale fighter and the Gripen by Sweden's Saab AB.
Germanys defense ministry has temporarily halted new orders of its militarys standard assault rifle over accuracy errors, Bild am Sonntag daily reported on June 22. The G36 automatic rifle made by Heckler and Koch is said to become inaccurate after its barrel heated up in prolonged firefights
Now being built in series for the German Army, the new Puma armoured infantry fighting vehicle is on show at this years Eurosatory for the first time. During recent heat (UAE 2013), cold (Norway 2012) and live-fire trials conducted in cooperation with experts from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw) and the German Army, the Puma performed very well under all climatic conditions
The German defence ministry is planning to purchase 143 Eurofighter jets instead of the original 180, according to various media reports. The ministry of defense officials informed the parliament's defence committee about the decision Wednesday, according to the DPA
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