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Spain to purchase Airbus C295 maritime patrol aircraft for nearly 1.7 billion euros

Spain to purchase Airbus C295 maritime patrol aircraft for nearly 1.7 billion euros Airbus C295 aircraft (photo: Airbus)

The Ministry of Defense of Spain has ordered 16 Airbus C295 aircraft in maritime patrol and surveillance configurations. The contract amount is 1.695 billion euros, according to Airbus.

The new aircraft will enable the Spanish Air and Space Force and Navy to enhance their capabilities in combating submarines and expand and improve their observation, reconnaissance, and search units.

The Airbus C295 aircraft will be equipped to perform anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare tasks, and reconnaissance. Additionally, it will be capable of carrying weapons such as torpedoes.

The aircraft can serve as a flying command and control center, providing the Spanish Armed Forces with versatility to perform a wide range of tasks.

The contract also includes Full Flight Simulator and Mission System Simulator training systems and a package of logistical support.

Aid to Ukraine from Spain

Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion, Spain has been supporting our country at all levels.

In particular, Spain has transferred to Ukraine four refurbished Leopard 2A4 tanks, 20 armored personnel carriers, and a field hospital.

Madrid has also provided armored personnel carriers, launchers for anti-aircraft equipment, anti-aircraft missiles, and military trucks for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In early January 2024, the Minister of Finance of Spain, Nadia Calviño, will become the new head of the European Investment Bank. She will be responsible, among other things, for assistance to Ukraine.