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Colombia May Buy Second-hand Eurofighters Typhoons From Spain

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Colombia May Buy Used Eurofighter Typhoons From Spain

Second-hand Eurofighters are yet another possibility for the bid to replace the venerable IAI Kfirs.

December 13, 2017


Last Tuesday, the Spanish-language news website, Defensa, reported that the Colombian Air Force is currently evaluating the procurement of second-hand Eurofighter Typhoons from Spain.

If this acquisition goes through, it will make Bogotá the first client for the type in the Americas. It would also represent a significant qualitative leap for the Colombian Air Force, which uses an updated version of the IAI Kfir as its main fighter type.

This proposal also implies that the Typhoons will belong to the Tranche 2 standard and come equipped with the advanced Meteor missile. For now, only enough aircraft to equip a single fighter wing are being considered.

However, there are still several options on the table regarding the modernization of the Colombian Air Force.

According to Global Security.org, Bogotá has been contemplating the acquisition of a wide range of aircraft, with mostly used units due to cost concerns, which include the Mirage 2000 and the Rafale from the French company, Dassault, the American Lockheed-Martin F-16 and Boeing F/A-18, the Swedish Saab JAS-39 Gripen, and even the Russian Sukhoi Su-30. Even newly-made Typhoons from the UK were contemplated.

As it is, the Spanish Eurofighter deal is just one more in a long series of possibilities, although supported by the extraordinary good relations currently enjoyed by Madrid and Bogotá.

But as the Kfir fleet grows older, the need for a choice to be made becomes more urgent………Read entire article: HERE

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