Swiss F-35A fighter contract signed

On September 19, 2022, Armed Forces Director General Martin Sonderegger and Swiss F-35A Program Manager Darko Savic signed a procurement contract at armasuisse in Bern. This means that a deal has been contractually agreed to purchase 36 US-made Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter jets.

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The aircraft will be delivered between 2027 and 2030 and will replace the current F/A-18 Hornet and F-5 Tiger. Jet bills have now reached his CHF 6.35 trillion, well within the highest limits approved by Swiss voters. The US contracting parties have already signed and the price is now binding, according to a government press release.

In addition to aircraft, costs also include mission-specific equipment, weapons and ammunition, logistics packages, mission planning systems, training systems, and initial training. VAT is also included in the price.

Additionally, the transaction includes an offsetting agreement agreed in a separate contract. As a result, the Swiss company will receive a contract of approximately CHF 2.9 billion in connection with the purchase.

On Monday, the organizers of the Initiative Against the Acquisition of Jets announced they were withdrawing a referendum on the matter. According to the organizers, voting after the contract is signed is nothing more than a democratic farce.

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