Spain’s Ministry of Defense has commissioned Airbus Corporation to develop a new aircraft in the next four years, to train its pilots for the US F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon.
Airbus Corporation will develop a combat training aircraft which will be called Advanced Fighter Jet Trainer.
Currently, the Spanish Air Force uses F-5M and CASA C-101 Aviojet for training its military pilots to fly the EF-18A Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon fighters.
With the Spanish F-5Ms set to last till 2027, explains the short deadline for development of the Advanced Fighter Jet Trainer.
The Spanish Air Force aims to purchase at least 20 new Eurofighter Typhoon fighters, as well as F-35 stealth fighter aircraft.
Since the training of pilots for fifth-generation aircraft requires an appropriate level of “flying desk”, Span’s Ministry of Defense wants to accelerate the development and production of a new training and combat aircraft to meet this requirement.