Spain Denies Ordering F-35 Fighter Jets
In early November 2021, a Lockheed-Martin official told Jane’s on the sidelines of a Royal Institute of International Affairs event.
The Spanish Air Force and Navy were evaluating the F-35A and F-35B to replace its aged F/A-18 Hornets and AV-8 Harrier IIs, respectively, flying from the Juan Carlos I aircraft carrier.
According to the Spanish Ministry of Defence, on November 8, 2021,
“The Spanish government has no funds for any more aircraft projects,” a ministry spokeswoman told Reuters. “We don’t want to do the F35. Our investment is in FCAS.”
In June 2020, the Spanish Ministry of Defence announced its participation in the French and German-led FCAS initiative.