Spain is aiming to run a PESCO program around the Airbus trainer

This Thursday, a new meeting between Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury took place in the Palacio de la Moncloa, which was also attended by Minister of Defense Margarita Robles, Minister of Industry. Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, and the Minister for Science and Innovation, Pedro Duque.

One of the issues to be finalized relates to the Air Force training program in the sense that one of the items in the agreement, announced after the first meeting on July 30th, related to the analysis of the possibility of a conceptual and feasibility study for to start developing an advanced trainer aircraft as a strategic program for other allied countries, France and Germany, that will strengthen the ability of Spanish industry to design, certify, manufacture and maintain a complete, future-oriented aircraft bus for the NGWS.

After this meeting, it was concluded that the best mechanism to develop this program is a Spain-led PESCO or Permanent Structured Cooperation program, for which a feasibility study is currently being prepared to receive support from France and Germany. It would be the development of a future European trainer aircraft, which would be used to train the pilots of the next generation of fighter aircraft for the European air force.

The meeting was an update of the meeting that took place on July 30th last year, which analyzed the situation of the Spanish aerospace sector and in particular the situation that Airbus is going through in Spain due to the economic impact of the COVID pandemic -19 . After the meeting Alberto Gutirrez, Head of Airbus in Spain, held a telephone meeting with the main media in the sector, sharing some of the issues discussed at the meeting.

Precisely the needs of the Air Force in terms of training and the offers of the most important companies were the axis that directed the most recent event. Training aircraft and virtual environments: The training of pilots in the Spanish Air Army by the Edefa Group this Wednesday at the Air Force Barracks and streamed live on January 20th. (Jos M Navarro Garca)

Photo: The AFJT proposed by Airbus (Airbus)

Photo: Participants of the meeting on February 4th (Moncloa)

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