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Switzerland and the USA are politically closer than they have been for a long time. After the visit of Federal President Ueli Maurer to the White House, the chances of buying new fighter jets from US production may have increased.

The ambassador as chief salesman. Edward McMullen, US representative in Switzerland, personally promoted an American-made aircraft at the Payerne military airfield today. “The relationship with Switzerland is very important to us,” the US ambassador emphasized again today. “The tests here in Payerne on two types of US fighter jets are another example of how close our relationships are”.

Fighter jets for free trade?

Since Switzerland and the USA have become so close in recent weeks, many observers assume that the US fighter planes have a much better hand than they did a few months ago. After the technical selection process, the Federal Council will make a primarily political decision as to which country it wants to do the six-billion-franc deal with.

Is the fighter jet deal also related to the negotiations for a free trade agreement between Switzerland and the USA? The official representatives vigorously deny this. "The discussions between trade and defense are not connected," says US Ambassador Edward McMullen. “Trade between our two countries has been increasing for decades. We don't want to interfere in the selection of a fighter jet. "

Controversial aircraft

The stealth jet F-35 from the manufacturer Lockheed Martin, which was tested today in Payerne, polarizes. It was developed for attacks and is far too expensive, say the critics. Proponents speak of a high-tech investment in a long future. Switzerland doesn't really need stealth properties, says aviation expert Hansjörg Bürgi. But that's just part of a fighter jet of the very latest generation.

It's also about collecting operating costs over the next 30 years. The F-35 is significantly more expensive than other jets that also fly in the US Navy.
Author: Hansjörg Bürgi aviation expert

“The purchase price of the F-35 is very attractive at around 90 million”, but that is only half the story. “It's also about collecting the operating costs over the next 30 years. The F-35 is much more expensive than other jets that also fly in the US Navy. "

Domestic American competition

The American Super Hornet, which was also tested in Payerne a month ago, is cheaper to run, but has older technology. The American manufacturers compete with each other in Switzerland.

Which jet should be bought and whether it should be one from US production - the Federal Council will only decide after the referendum next year.

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  • Comment from Hansruedi Elsener (Haru)
    There is not a single reason why US fighter jets should be bought, but there are many that speak against it. Or are you afraid of sanctions?
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Silvan Marty (Silvan Marty)
    Neutral blah blah ...
    Buy the new Russian plane, cheaper and "better"
    -Or none! Few hundred S-400 missiles do it too !!
    At some point everything is junk ...
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Andreas Kermann (Andreas Kermann)
    In Basel there was a discussion about not using the police's Tesla vehicles because they can be controlled remotely.
    At the same time there are efforts to surround the whole planet with satellites in order to enable internet reception anytime and anywhere.
    G5 goes in a similar direction.
    Which manufacturer can you really trust when it comes to remote control of its products - especially when it comes to armaments products?
    Agree agree to the comment

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