Spain looking at F-35 to replace its EF-18, AV-8B

Miguel González from EL PAÍS reported that Spanish defense officials are keen to procure the F-35 so that it can replace its EF-18s and AV-8Bs.

US Navy 111015-N-ZZ999-952 The BF-04, bottom, the Marine Corps variant of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lighting II, maneuvers after a vertical la
By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Spanish Navy will have to phase out the Harrier in a decade’s time and the country’s sole aircraft carrier will be without a fixed-wing fighter when that happens.

The requirement for the Armada is for up to 15 F-35Bs but the number being sought is too small to any meaningful negotiating power.

Therefore, the desire is to jointly acquire the F-35 with the Air Force which is looking at replacing the EF-18. Those jets have high hours and the retirement time frame is similar to the Harrier.

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