Sweden confirms sale of Gripen to Switzerland
The sale of 22 Gripen fighter jets from Sweden to Switzerland was confirmed on August 28 for a price of more than three billion Swiss francs ($3.1 billion). The first delivery will take place in mid2018, with all 22 planes to be delivered by 2021 at a cost of 3.126 billion Swiss francs.
The deal for the Gripen E/F – or Super JAS – planes was officially signed with Ulf Hammarström of the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency.
The move to buy the planes was hotly contested in Switzerland where the parliamentary security commission found that the “choice of jet made by the Federal Council carries the most risks: technically, commercially, financially and in respect of