Switzerland Proposes Purchase of 36 F-35A Fighter Jets from US

Switzerland Proposes Purchase of 36 F-35A Fighter Jets from US

The Swiss government on Wednesday announced a proposal to purchase 36 F-35A fighter jets from American company Lockheed Martin along with five units of the Patriot air defense missile system from Raytheon.

UMMATIMES - "Based on our evaluation, these two systems offer the most benefits with the lowest accumulated costs," the Swiss Federal Council said in a statement.

In Switzerland, major purchasing decisions such as fighter jets can be delayed for years by the Swiss system of direct governance. That is, the proposal will be subject to a public referendum.

“Replacing a fleet of aging Swiss F-5 Tigers and F/A-18 Hornet jets is proving to be no easy process. In 2014, voters rejected the original plan to buy Gripen jets from Swedish manufacturer Saab," said Swissinfo, a Swiss online outlet.

The Swiss Air Force's current fleet of aircraft will reach the end of their service life in 2030.

"When making decisions, we also take into account the existing technological dependencies of manufacturers and manufacturing countries," the Federal Council said.

The Federal Council said its decision was based on a comprehensive technical evaluation of four new fighter candidates: Eurofighter Airbus, Germany; Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35A, USA; Rafale Dassault, France.

Meanwhile, the two candidates for the long-distance GBAD system are SAMP/T Eurosam, France; and Patriot Raytheon, USA.

"In the case of the F-35A, the system's cyber management, computer architecture security, and cyber protection measures are combined to ensure a very high level of cybersecurity," they said.