Switzerland to Speed Up F-35 Purchase

The Government of Switzerland prepares to speed up F-35 acquisition process from the United States and sign a contract by the end of March to buy 36 of the stealth fighters. The government wants to go ahead with the purchase without waiting for a referendum on the $5.5 billion deal.

The opposition has criticized the government, labeling the acquisition as a luxury and said they would force a referendum to overturn the deal. Switzerland chose the F-35 last year as its next-generation fighter jet.

The government said it was unclear whether the purchase could take place under the same conditions if the deal had to be renegotiated once the offer expires next year.

It further stated that many countries have started making deals for the fighter jet including Finland’s order of 64 F-35As, Germany’s 35 and Canada’s 88.

The government said the opposition’s threat created a risk of delay in delivery. It added that the target is the aircraft to be delivered as planned from 2027 to ensure that the population is protected from threats from the air after 2030.

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