Sebastian Sprenger is Europe editor for Defense News, reporting on the state of the defense market in the region, and on U.S.-Europe cooperation and multinational investments in defense and global security. He previously served as managing editor for Defense News.
Eurofighter had something of a lock on replacing the oldest of Spain's U.S.-made planes, stationed on the popular tourist island of Gran Canaria, and the government in Madrid had cleared the purchase in late 2021.
Ukraine is one of a handful of nonmember states that have negotiated so-called administrative arrangements with the European Union, an entry requirement into the bloc’s sprawling bureaucracy for jointly developing military capabilities.
The fund, if it works, could provide European countries with another source to replace equipment sent to Ukraine, as American and Israeli companies, for example, are chomping at the bit to restock Europe’s arsenals.
Allied European navies in the United Kingdom and Norway also operate Boeing's P-8 Poseidon planes, raising the prospect of interoperability when keeping tabs on Russian submarines in the North Sea and North Atlantic, in particular.
With Sweden and Finland in NATO, the alliance would be able to recalibrate its force posture in the Baltic Sea to a level capable of evening out the regional deterrence balance with Russia, according to Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.