Military Capabilities

Switzerland to evaluate fighter options

29 January 2019

Switzerland is to evaluate five potential aircraft types to replace its ageing fighter fleets, the country’s Armasuisse defence procurement agency announced on 25 January.

Bids for the Air2030 requirement to replace the Swiss Air Force’s current Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II and Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fleets have been received from Eurofighter for the Typhoon, Dassault for the Rafale, Boeing for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Saab for the Gripen E, and from Lockheed Martin for the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (VBS [previously DDPS]) said that each aircraft will be evaluated in their home countries and Switzerland, ahead of comparison trials between the types set for 2020.

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