BERLIN, April 30 The German defence ministry has
no overview of the costs it is incurring for Airbus Group's
Eurofighter jets and will spend twice as much as it
originally planned on the country's most expensive defence
project, federal auditors said.
The German Federal Court of Auditors, which oversees the
government's financial management, said in a report the costs
for the Eurofighter jets over their life cycle would climb to
around 60 billion euros ($83 billion) from an originally planned
30 billion, despite the number of jets having been reduced.
The auditors said operating expenses, especially maintenance
costs, had increased particularly strongly.
They also said the budget of 11.8 billion euros the defence
ministry had calculated in 1997 for the purchase of 180
Eurofighter jets would only be enough to buy 140 of the planes.
($1 = 0.7237 Euros)
(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Stephen Brown and