Recently, the Cabinet of Spain approved an extraordinary credit of 1,782 million euros for arms. This means increasing the Defense budget by 28.21%. Social services suffer major cuts, but the army budget is still growing.
Another example of wasting money in the Spanish army is the purchase of military helicopters NH90 announced by the Spanish Government. The initial order, submitted in 2006, was 45 helicopters, and the current order is 38. Some days ago the Spanish King flew one of these helicopters as a grand debut in the Spanish society.
Every helicopter costs 25 million euros, so this purchase means 950 million euros wasted in useless means of transport for Spanish citizens. And meanwhile, due to the economical crisis, the Spanish government makes major cuts in civil helicopters, to the point that in Andalusia and the Balearic Islands there is no helicopter for mountain rescue. The reason: there is not money left.
Post at Delivering data about the purchase of military trucks:
Extraordinary credit of 1,782 million euros:
NH90 helicopter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHIndustries_NH90
The Spanish King wants to check the new helicopter:
Cuts in rescue helicopters: http://desnivel.com/escalada-roca/retiran-los-helicopteros-de-rescate-de-bomberos-en-andalucia-y-mallorca-y-mas-problemas-en-alicante