Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 1 Deliveries Completed
ST008 becomes the 18th Typhoon to enter service with Ala 11 at Morón Air Base. The aircraft is the eigth two-seater to enter service, serialled C.16-08 in Spanish service and is coded 11-77.
Spain has now received all of its Tranche 1 aircraft, which will all be upgraded to Block 5 standard under the R2 retrofit programme with the exception of test aircraft IPA4. IPA4 will be used for Tranche 2 trials and be upgraded to a Block 8 equivalent standard in 2008. The Spanish government ordered 33 Tranche 2 aircraft. The last of the Tranche 3 aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2014. Spain is one of the four nations of the Eurofighter programme for a total of 87 aircraft, with an option for 16 more.