Switzerland re-scopes fighter procurement, moots referendum

16 May 2019

Key Points

  • Switzerland has split its aircraft procurement from the ground-based air-defence acquisition, with a cap of USD5.95 billion on the programme
  • The acquisition may now be subject to a referendum, which could delay the programme

Switzerland has redefined the budget for its procurement of a new fighter aircraft under its Air2030 acquisition programme, the Federal Council announced on 16 May.

The budget for the aircraft acquisition has now been set at a maximum of CHF6 billion (USD5.95 billion), with the fighter procurement being split away from the BODLUV ground-based airdefence acquisition. Previously, the combined BODLUV and Air2030 acquisition had a value of CHF8 billion.

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