Tuesday, April 16, 2013

AIRFORCES, Inc. Reports On Spain Offers To Peru For Second Hand EuroFighters "Typhoon" To Replace The Peruvian Air Force Sukhoi SU-25's

Shown is a Spanish Air Force Typhoon in an air to air in flight refueling operation

A Spanish Air Force two seat version of the EuroFighter

This photo of the lower belly of the Eurofighter clearly shows the ability which the Typhoon has to hang various stores consisting of ordnance and extended fuel tanks. It apparent that such hanging stores would effect the radar cross section (RCS) of the aircraft 

UPDATE AIRFORCES, Inc. Reports: AIRFORCES, Inc. (AFI) has obtained information from and article published within a Lima newspaper (La Republica) which indicated that Spain has offered the Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aerea de Peru - FAP) second-hand used Eurofighters Typhoons.
The report which was obtained by (AFI) said teh offer was made in response to the Fuerza Aerea de Peru - FAP Operations Command (COMOP) requesting information about the Eurofighter Typhoon from a various companies around the world.
The La Republica article stated that the proposed deal is with about 900 million Euro's and 20 Tranche 1 Typhoons would be released from the Spanish Air Force (Ejercito del Aire). Apparently, this is one of a batch of offers being considered by the (FAP), which is seeking to replace its aging and corrosion plagued fighter / strike aircraft fleet, currently comprising around 22 aircraft in a mix of not only Sukhoi Su-25.s but of Dassault Mirage 2000P's and MiG-29's Fulcrum-C's. For example the Peruvian Air Force Mirages are almost 30 years old, while their MiG-29's and the Su-25's were purchased from Belarus of which the Sukhoi Su-25 fleet have suffered from poor maintenance serviceability and corrosion problems.
Reportedly, Peru has shown interest in the Saab's JAS-39 Gripen, Dassault's Rafale, Boeing's F/A18E Super Hornet and the another Sukhoi product, the Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" which to (AFI) appears to be very costly for a Nation such as Peru and the question is ponder as to why such advance fighter for that region that has seen very little to no air to air encounters. All of the above manufactures have submitted their respective contributions, but the Peruvian finial decision rests with the Peruvian government.
It has been understood that talks with the Spanish authorities have made progress. It has been reported that a delegation came from Spain came to Peru and that Peruvian Defense Minister, Mr. Peter Cateriano was in Spain in the early part of 2013.

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