20 September 2022
by Gareth Jennings
Seen in Australian service, the F-35A will enter Swiss service from 2027. (Commonwealth of Australia)
Switzerland has signed for 36 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, cementing the Air2030 selection that was made in 2021.
The Swiss Federal Council announced the order on 19 September, with the deal signed by National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger and Swiss F-35A programme manager Darko Savic.
“The procurement for the purchase of the 36 F-35A amounts to CHF6.035 billion [USD6.24 billion], and thus lies within the limits of the maximum financial volume approved by the Swiss electorate,” the council said.
The agreement, which will see the aircraft delivered between 2027 and 2030, includes mission-specific equipment, weapons and ammunition, a logistics package, mission planning systems, training systems, and initial training. “Furthermore, the cost for the integration into the Swiss command-and-control system, for support services by industry, a risk amount, the inflation in the country of manufacturer, the US, as well as the VAT on imports are also included,” the council statement said.
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