ZURICH (Reuters) – The Swiss government will split off its purchase of new fighter jets from its order of new surface-to-air defenses, it said on Thursday, setting a budget of 6 billion Swiss francs ($5.96 billion) for the jets alone.
The neutral Alpine country had previously agreed to spend up to 8 billion francs for a combined package under its Air2030 program, but has now divided the plan so that voters could decide separately on buying new jets in a likely referendum.
Aerospace - Group - Airbus - France - Dassault
European aerospace group Airbus, France’s Dassault, Sweden’s Saab, and Boeing and Lockheed Martin from the United States submitted bids in January to replace the aging Swiss fighter fleet.
Switzerland’s stable of Boeing McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C and D Hornets and Northrop F-5 Tigers is scheduled to be retired within years. Airbus’s Eurofighter, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault’s Rafale, F-35As made by Lockheed Martin and Saab’s Gripen E are in the running.
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