The Swiss parliament on 20 December approved the government and Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport's (VBS's) Air 2030 proposal to invest up to CHF6 billion (USD6.2 billion) to replace the Swiss Air Force's F/A-18C/D and F-5E fighters starting in 2025 and CHF2 billion in ground-based air defence (GBAD).
The approval followed in-country evaluation of the Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing F-18E/F Super Hornet, and Lockheed Martin F-35A combat aircraft at Payerne Air Base last spring. No decision is expected before late 2020-April 2021.
Industrial offsets requested from the manufacturers was one of the subjects hotly debated. Switzerland initially wanted 100%, which would have increased the price by 2-20% or required the production of fewer airframes.
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