The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on Monday it had informed Congress of the possible sale of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F / A-18E / F Super Hornet fighters to Switzerland.
On September 30, the Pentagon’s top arms broker, announced that the State Department had made a decision to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Swiss Government of 40 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft at an estimated cost of $ 6.58 billion and 40 F / A- 18E / F Super Hornet at an estimated cost of $ 7.452 billion.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to enhance the security of a friendly European country that continues to be a vital force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” said the DSCA.
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However, it is important to note that US government approval does not mean a country has agreed to purchase the weapon or other system in question.
The proposed sale will enhance Switzerland’s ability to meet current and future threats. Switzerland currently operates the Boeing F / A-18C / D, but the aircraft is reaching the end of its useful life and will be replaced by the winner of the Swiss New Fighter Aircraft competition, in which the F / A-18E / F and F-35 are being considered.
Based on Defense NewsSwiss voters have approved the government’s plan to spend $ 6.5 billion on new fighters by a margin of 8,670 votes.
Defense Minister Viola Amherd told reporters that he considered the outcome, however imminent, a mandate to continue the ongoing evaluation of the Eurofighter, Rafale, F-18 Super Hornet and F-35A.
“The vote is a long-term investment in the security of Switzerland’s population and infrastructure,” he said.