The proposal will then be referred to the country’s parliament. It is possible that a referendum will also be held on this issue.
The Swiss Government has decided to propose the acquisition of F-35 multi-purpose fighters manufactured by Lockheed Martin in the United States for the country’s air force. The government is proposing the purchase of 36 machines to replace aging equipment.
The proposal will then be referred to the country’s parliament. It is possible that a referendum will also be held on this issue. The same machine model is also offered in Finland, and the acquisition of a fighter jet has also been the subject of intense debate in Switzerland.
The acquisition will cost Switzerland five billion francs, or about 4.6 billion euros.
Switzerland has historically deftly defended its status as a militarily neutral and non-aligned country. Like Finland, the country has extensive military service.
Other aircraft available in Finland include the American Boeing F / A-18 Super Hornet, the French Dassault Rafale, the multinational Eurofighter Typhoon and the Swedish Saab Gripen E.