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Austria is to sue Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium over a 2 billion-euro (£1.7bn) deal to purchase Hurricane warplanes.

Its defence ministry stated that following an investigation it believed Austria had been misled over the acquisition value.

It may sue the 2 firms for 1.1bn euros, it stated.

Airbus stated it had solely simply been made conscious of the authorized motion however that it co-operates with authorities.

Airbus and Eurofighter charged practically 10% of the acquisition value for offset offers, which contain work for native contractors, stated the defence ministry’s report. This could have been charged individually, it stated, and means it’s suing for at the least 183.four million euros.

It says the 1.1bn euro determine is its calculation for the distinction in value between the Eurofighter and a less expensive choice.

Defence minister Hans Peter Doskozil stated the investigation instructed “Austria wouldn’t have determined to buy the Eurofighter in 2003 with out the fraudulent deception”.

Austria ordered 24 Eurofighter jets in 2002 however lowered its order to 15. It then ordered a evaluation of the acquisition in 2012 in mild of bribery allegations.

Mr Doskozil stated the primary order of Eurofighters utilized by the German military are “very costly throughout operation” and that the Eurofighter programme would price Austria 80 million euros in 2017. He’ll fee a brand new report back to discover a cheaper various, he stated.

The Eurofighter programme is a three way partnership between Airbus, BAE Programs and Italy’s Leonardo to offer a contemporary fighter jet for the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, in addition to different consumers. The UK purchased 160 of the plane.

Airbus stated in an announcement: “At the moment, we’re unable to touch upon the media experiences as we simply realized about these supposed actions in Austria via the media ourselves.

“We do not know any particulars. We do not know on which findings that is based mostly on. We will nevertheless verify that in recent times we’ve supported the actions by the authorized authorities, as an illustration via [our] personal investigations.”