The government in Bern wants to order new fighter jets in the USA for more than 4.5 billion euros. But the project is controversial – and Parliament has to approve the deal first.
The Swiss government wants to order new fighter jets in the USA. The Eurofighter, in which Germany is involved, does not come into play, as emerged from the decision on Wednesday. The government opted for the Lockheed Martin jet F-35.
The US provider Boeing with the F / A-18E Super Hornet and the French company Dassault with the Rafaele also missed out. Finally, the parliament decides. The Lockheed Martin F-35 will be 1.8 billion euros cheaper than the next cheapest offer over a useful life of around 30 years, said Defense Minister Viola Amherd.
After a referendum, Switzerland had an initial budget of 5.5 billion euros. The initial purchase of 36 F-35 machines amounts to more than 4.5 billion euros, said Amherd. The new aircraft are to replace the Boeing F / A-18E previously used by Switzerland. An alliance group for a Switzerland without an army wants to try to prevent the acquisition with a referendum.