Swiss fighter pro­gramme takes shape

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Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Swiss de­fence min­is­ter Guy Parmelin has re­quested for a bud­get of CHF 9bn (£7bn) to buy new com­bat air­craft for the Swiss Air Force and a ground-based Air De­fence Sys­tem (GBADS). This will fund around 40 air­craft de­pend­ing on the type se­lected, which is in di­rect con­trast to the smaller amount bud­geted for 22 Gripen E/Fs that the Swiss de­ferred af­ter a 2014 ref­er­en­dum. The Gripen E/F, Rafale F4 and Ty­phoon Tranche 3 pre­vi­ously in the run­ning are now joined by the F/A–18E/F and the F-35, which in­di­cates that the new fighters would re­place both the F-5E and the F/A-18C/Ds.

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