The German Defence Ministry has announced that it will go ahead with the purchase of 180 Eurofighter jets, saying there was still an "operational need" for the planes. Rising costs had raised doubts about whether the deal would go through.
REUTERS - Germany's Defence Ministry plans to go ahead with the full purchase of 180 Eurofighter combat jets despite rising costs, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
"There is still an operational need for the 180 Eurofighters," said a spokesman for the ministry.
German media have speculated that Berlin might reconsider its plans for the Eurofighter due to budget constraints and rising costs.
Germany's parliamentary budget committee is due to approve the purchase of 31 further Eurofighters, the first part of a third tranche of the jets, soon.
The Eurofighter consortium includes Britain's BAE Systems, Finmeccanica of Italy and EADS for Germany and Spain.
Date created : 2009-06-10