25,000 hours of Eurofighter in Air Force

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The Span­ish Air Force’s fleet of Eurofighter EF-2000 air­craft has com­pleted its first 25,000 flight hours dur­ing the month of Fe­bru­ary, to which three units equipped with this weapon sys­tem have con­trib­uted: 11 Wing at Air Base Morón de la Fron­tera in Seville, 14 Wing at Los Llanos Air Base in Al­bacete and the Ar­ma­ments Lo­gis­tics and Ex­per­i­men­ta­tion Cen­ter (CLAEX) at Tor­re­jón de Ar­doz air­base in Madrid.

The Eurofighter, which in the air force car­ries the des­ig­na­tion C.16, en­tered ser­vice in our armed forces in Oc­to­ber 2003. Since then, it has been as­signed to the 11th Wing, op­er­at­ing mainly from Morón Air­base, in or­der to ful­fill its pri­mary mis­sion of in­ter­cep­tion and air de­fence.

Since May 2012, it also has been op­er­ated by 142 Squadron of 14 Wing, as has the CLAEX, where it is op­er­ated for the de­vel­op­ment of op­er­at­ing soft­ware and weapons in­te­gra­tion.

The pri­mary mis­sion of the Eurofighter units is to pro­vide the Air Force with the re­quired de­fen­sive and of­fen­sive air ca­pa­bil­ity, to meet both na­tional mis­sions, as well as com­mit­ments aris­ing from the Span­ish par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions. It is equipped with lat­est-gen­er­a­tion pre­ci­sion weapons that al­low the Eurofighter to launch bombs and guided weapons with cen­ti­met­ric ac­cu­racy. Com­bined with the vast po­ten­tial of its radar and air-to-air ar­ma­ment against aerial threats, the pos­si­bil­i­ties of this weapon sys­tem are mul­ti­plied.

The Air Force, which has 41 Eurofighter, reached this mile­stone with the as­sur­ance that the per­for­mance of these first 25,000 hours of flight con­firms the op­er­a­tional and in­dus­trial suc­cess of the Eurofighter pro­gramme, which has en­abled the Euro­pean aero­space in­dus­try and its armed forces to de­sign, build and op­er­ate one of the best fighter planes that have plied the skies.

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